“Jesus himself said; ‘It is more blessed to give than receive.’” Acts 20:35

Fearing that the Corinthian brethren were losing their enthusiasm for helping the poor, Paul encouraged them again with the fol-lowing tips about giving (II Corinthians 8: and 9:).

8: 3  Others, like the Macedonians were giving generously.

8: 5  Those Christians gave themselves to the Lord first.

8:12  God asks us to give from what we have; not more.

8:24  Their giving showed the proof of their love

9: 6   You reap what you sow.

  • Sow sparingly; reap sparingly
  • Sow generously; reap generously

9: 7  Give what you decide in your heart.

  • Don’t give reluctantly.
  • Don’t give under compulsion.
  • God loves a cheerful giver.

9:10  God supplies seed to the sower.

As a result of the gifts from the Macedonian and Corinthian churches, Paul was able to accomplish his mission to provide re-lief for the poor saints in Jerusalem (Acts 24:17).

Ian Mostert
Pulpit Minister – retired


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