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|821||GENEROSITY||2 Corinthians 8 and 9, NIV|
See that you .... excel|
in this grace of giving....
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor,
so that you through his poverty
might become rich.
If the willingness is there,
the gift is acceptable according to what one has,
not according to what he does not have.
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows generously
will also reap generously.
Each man should give what he has
decided in his heart to give,
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need,
you will abound in every good work.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower
and bread for food will also supply
and increase your store of seed
and will enlarge the harvest
of your righteousness.
You will made rich in every way
so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will
result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not
only supplying the needs of God's people
but is also overflowing in many
expressions of thanks to God.
Because of the service by which
you have proved yourselves,
men will praise God for the obedience
that accompanies your confession of
the gospel of Christ,
and for your generosity in sharing with them
and with everyone else.
And in their prayers for you their
hearts will go out to you,
because of the surpassing grace
God has given you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
|STEWARDSHIP: See also No. 700.|