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TBONE61
Oct 31st 2008, 04:02 PM
2 Corinthians 8:1-7 (New King James Version)

1] Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2] that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3] For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, 4] imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5] And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. 6] So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7] But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.

The Celebration Of Giving

Though perhaps not politically correct, Paul nonetheless celebrates the giving record of others. He tells the Corinthians what the Macedonians have done. He dates to reveal supposed confidences and talks about their generosity. Further, he breaks the money taboo and tells those in Corinth to give more.

To be sure, there are differences between talking about the accomplishments of a group and the actions of an individual. But let's not obsess about a supposed requirement that giving be the most private of matters. Just as we celebrate when the gifts of teaching or hospitality are exercised, let's rejoice when the gift of giving is generously and cheerfully performed. You can righteously celebrate your own giving, especially when you go beyond the easy and expected, and you can appreciate and give thanks for the giving of others.

FOR TODAY: Express thanks to God for those who give.