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11/6 2 Corinthians 7-9

Paul writes about the Macedonian churches in chapter 8.  He talks about how surprised he was at their rich generosity.  Even during trials and extreme poverty they gave beyond their means.  I guess you could really say that they were Rich Towards God.

1And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. 6So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

It was interesting that Paul states “they gave themselves first to the Lord”.  They first surrendered their heart to God so that their giving was not forced, manipulated or from being guilted into it.  They gave because they wanted to.  They wanted to because they had surrendered themselves to God.  Paul encourages us to excel in our giving.

November 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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