God Loves a Cheerful Giver - 2 Corinthians 9:7

Verse of the Day - Day 156

God Loves a Cheerful Giver
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: God Loves a Cheerful Giver

While Paul is speaking about financial giving here, I believe being a cheerful giver goes beyond the scope of monetary giving. Serving our brothers and sisters is also a form of giving.

Have you noticed how some people just enjoy being miserable? They like to complain about anything and everything, but especially about the things they do for other people. Some call this the Martyr Syndrome. 

A long time ago, I heard a preacher (although, I can't remember who) say, "Never do something for someone if you're going to complain about it later." He went on, "Only serve, give, or do what you're willing to do happily, without regret or complaint." It was a good lesson to learn. I only wish that I always lived by this rule. 

The Apostle Paul emphasized that gift-giving is a matter of the heart. Our gifts must come from the heart, voluntarily, not reluctantly or from a sense of compulsion. 

Scripture reiterates this idea many times. About giving to the poor, Deuteronomy 15:10-11 states: 

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (ESV)

Not only does God love cheerful givers, but he blesses them: 

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. (Proverbs 22:9, NIV)

Why Does God Love Cheerful Giving?

God's nature is giving. For God so loved the world that he gave ...

Our heavenly Father loves to bless his children with good gifts. Likewise, God desires to see his own nature duplicated in his children. Cheerful giving is God's grace revealed through us.

As God’s grace toward us reproduces his graciousness in us, it pleases him. Imagine the joy in God's heart when this congregation in Texas began to give so generously and cheerfully:

As people began to struggle with the downturn in the economy in 2009, Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle, Texas, attempted to help. The pastor told the people, “When the offering plate comes by, if you need money, take it from the plate.”

The church gave away $500,000 in just two months. They helped single moms, widows, a local mission, and some families behind on their utility bills. The day they announced the take-from-the plate offer, they received their largest offering ever.

--Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell1

(Sources: 1Wilson, J. L., & Russell, R. (2015). Take Money from the Plate. In E. Ritzema (Ed.), 300 Illustrations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.)