As we cover 2nd Corinthians chapter 9 today, we finish the discussion of Paul’s relief offering for the hurting Jerusalem church. That means one final week talking about generosity. We have a generous God and it is really impossible to appreciate His grace to us and to not express generosity to others.
Paul is going overboard to make sure he doesn’t flex his pastoral muscles by using guilt or manipulation to coerce the Corinthians to give. I appreciate that, and I bet you do too!
In chapter nine, we get two really important principles regarding generosity. Instead of obligated obedience, Paul gives them a spiritual principle—the principle of reaping and sowing. Once they know how things work, they can decide what to do with it. Knowledge is power!
One final cool thing—God is not interested in us merely doing the right thing, or faking it until we make it. How will Paul and the Corinthians know if their generosity has the right motive? Their emotional state as they give will tell the truth. The right activity with the right motive produces the right feeling! How about that!
This is a really cool chapter with some important truths you can live by!