Don’t Be Selfish [2 Corinthians 9:6 Devotional]

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Don’t Be Selfish [2 Corinthians 9:6 Daily Devotional]



“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

2 Corinthians 9:6

Paul, the author of this verse, is hitting on a fundamental truth. If we give generously, we will also be given generously. But the opposite is also true. When we are selfish, we also won’t receive as generously. This verse isn’t just about money, either. This verse can be applied to just about any facet of our lives.

How to Not Be Selfish

The easiest example is money, but it’s not the only one. If you just hoard all your money to yourself, you likely won’t see much financial blessing in your life. It’s not because God is mean and doesn’t want to bless you, though. He does! The problem is that if you’re holding so tightly onto your money, you’re signifying that the money you have is more important to you than what God wants for you.

The same is true for your marriage. If you withhold yourself emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually, your marriage will suffer. It doesn’t matter how much your partner tries to give back to you, you won’t be able to receive it as well because you haven’t been generous.

I could go on and on about friendships, children, physical health, and more, but the point is that God wants to bless you. If you want to receive those blessings, you’ll need to learn to become generous. Start giving a bit to your church. Go on dates with your spouse. Take your friends out to lunch. The options are endless.

The only way to really apply this verse is to just do it. My encouragement to you today, then, is to apply this verse.


Jesus, thank you for giving me your all. Help me to give what little I have as a response to your immense generosity. Give me the strength I need to overcome my selfishness when I feel like withholding myself or my resources from the people in need around me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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