A GIFT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET GIVING
II CORINTHIANS 8: 5
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Give and it shall be given unto you" (Luke
All giving is reciprocal giving. That is, inherent in giving is
getting, if we give with the right motive.
We are told what kind of giver our Lord loves: "So let every one
give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of
necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians 9:
The Greek word translated "cheerful" is HILAROS. You can hear in
it our English word "hilarious." It means a joyful willingness
to do what is done.
In a society that stimulates our appetites for getting, few
people associate "joy" with "giving."
An American teenager would translate the Greek text: "Giggle as
you give with holy hilarity as unto the Lord."
A friend who always sat with his wealthy companion in church
noticed his affluent friend always gave only a dollar when the
offering plate was passed. Their friendship was close enough
that he could and did ask why he gave only $1.00. The prosperous
friend replied that was all he could give and be Biblical. This
puzzled his companion who further asked what he meant by that.
He said, "The Bible says the Lord loves a cheerful giver and I
can't give any more and be cheerful about it."
A cultural cloud cover hovers over Acts 20:35, "It is more
blessed to give than to receive."
Observe how II Corinthians 9: 7 neatly unfolds to produce a
cheerful giver. Cheerful giving ...
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