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ABILITY

November 4, 2016

Friday

 

Ability, To Give

 

2 Corinthians 9:7

 

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

 

LESSON

 

The example of the harvest suggests that the farmer has the freedom to plant as much or as little as he chooses. We should give generously, freely, and deliberately. We should not give

“grudgingly,” feeling that we hate to part with what we are giving. We should not give because we feel there is no alternative, or because we think others will look down on us if we fail to give.

 

We should not give impulsively or thoughtlessly, but with inward resolve. We should give cheerfully, or hilariously, in the sense of very joyfully, but not in the sense of thoughtlessly. “Cheerful” givers always receive God’s loving approval. What makes a man a cheerful giver is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Giving is not simply an act, it flows out of who we are, out of our love for God. Then we will be the cheerful givers who are loved by God. How can we not be generous when Christ gave His very Self? We give thanks to God for His indescribable gift.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 25:15

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