Tag: affliction

Rich generosity!

Scripture reading for August 7th: 2nd Corinthians 8, Psalm 7, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 8:1-5 “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints–and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”  

Paul shared with the Corinthians how he had encouraged the Macedonians to prepare an offering to be ready when he came again.  He noted that they responded with great generosity in spite of severe trials and afflictions.  Their giving was according to and beyond their means to give.  They even begged Paul for the favor of giving this offering.  They gave themselves as they gave their money and blessed God and His people.

Faith Confession:  What a privilege it is to give to God and to His work and to praise Him with generosity!  Lord help me to grow in the grace of joyful and generous giving, knowing how it blesses You and God’s people.

Psalm 7:17  “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.”

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