August 10/2Corinthians 9

Paul continues on his theme of giving. The key verse in this chapter is verse 7.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) — 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Paul says to decide in your heart how much to give. Notice he didn’t say to decide in your mind how much to give. The mind is something that can easily be changed. If things aren’t going well for me I may decide to give less if they are going well for me I may still decide to give less because I really like all that I have and I want to keep it. Or on a good day I may also decide to give more. Or I may come up with many reasons why I shouldn’t give like > they don’t deserve it, they will just waste it, they need to work more, if they had used their money wisely they wouldn’t need a hand out and on it goes.

However the heart is not so easily changed. Remember when your son or daughter or a friend fell in love with a person that you knew was not good for them? No matter what you said or did or what others said or did the person wouldn’t listen. Why, because the other person had their heart and the heart is tougher to change than the mind. It can also work with things.  I was 18 and going to purchase my first car and I fell in love, this is a guy thing, with 1965 red Dodge Dart. I wanted that car. My dad was against it. He said it was abused, it was a lemon, he didn’t feel right about it and so on. My mind said that dad was right but my heart overruled  and I bought the car and dad was right it was nothing but trouble!

Do you know God? Do you know his heart? Did you know that the heart of God is giving? Even though the world of people didn’t really care about God he still wanted to give. The world of people didn’t deserve God’s gift and we still don’t but that didn’t keep God from giving. In fact the best giving occurs when people don’t deserve it. This kind of giving takes place without analyzing the facts, it just gives. This is heart giving.

John 3:16 (NLT) — 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I have compiled more verses to show the heart of God in giving. Read them and allow God to change your heart into a heart of giving. That is his will for you and me.

Romans 5:21 (NLT) — 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8:23 (NLT) — 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Romans 8:32 (NLT) — 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Romans 15:4 (NLT) — 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

Romans 15:33 (NLT) — 33 And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.

1 Corinthians 12:1 (NLT) — 1 Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT) — 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:7 (NLT) — 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

Galatians 5:17 (NLT) — 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

Ephesians 1:14 (NLT) — 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Colossians 4:3 (NLT) — 3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.

1 Timothy 1:1 (NLT) — 1 This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NLT) — 17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

Titus 3:5 (NLT) — 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

James 1:18 (NLT) — 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

1 John 5:15 (NLT) — 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Ask God to place his giving heart in you and:

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The verses quoted show us God’s giving nature but do not forget what is stated in Matthew that what is done and given to the least of these is given to Christ. God will test us by giving us times of seeming lack to see if we still will give to others and even harder let others give to you. You cannot be blessed by giving if your gift is refused. Also your attitude for giving is important. You need to give because you want to give. You are extending the spirit of grace that God has given you not trying to win God’s favor by acts.
    BE GRACIOUS HILLTOP!