The Manner of Giving – Freely

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And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. – 2 Corinthians 8:10-13
After church, a family was discussing the service over Sunday dinner. Dad commented on how badly the organist sounded. Mum said the choir wasn’t prepared. Nancy complained the preacher was boring. Jack listened thoughtfully for a moment, and then he said, ‘It wasn’t that bad of a show for a pound.’
Paul was complementing the church in Corinth on their attitude toward giving, not just on the act or amount of their giving. In the previous verses, Paul said he was testing the sincerity of their love by their desire to give. Likewise, our love is tested by our willingness to offer our prayers, funds, time, and talents.
He points out two very important points in this passage. Giving is an important part of Christian discipleship — the completion of this act is important. But equally important is the willingness and desire to do so. As with most issues in the Christian life, attitudes are as important as actions. Our attitude toward giving reveals our values and the sincerity of our love for others and God. If you need a change in attitude, ask God to fill your heart and motivate you to give in love.

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