Grow in Grace - 2 Corinthians 8:7

Verse of the Day - Day 128

Grow in Grace
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Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 8:7
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Grow in Grace

Just when I thought I was beginning to make some progress in my spiritual development, I came across this verse in the Bible. The believers in Corinthians were excelling in faith, speech, knowledge, earnestness, and love.

Now Paul wanted them to excel in acts of grace, which refers to generous giving.

Was God really calling these believers (and me) to excel in all of these areas? Excelling in just one of these virtues seems impressive enough.

But once I stopped to consider the verse, another thought dawned on me. In each and every one of us, there will always be room for growth. God is simply reminding us not to get too comfortable in our walk of faith.

The Corinthians were growing in many areas of Christian living. The verb used here expresses the idea that they were extremely rich in these areas. But they were lacking in their generosity toward the poor in the church of Jerusalem.

For their own good, Paul wanted them to go beyond their current state of grace in giving. He wanted them to keep growing in grace, keep challenging themselves in the faith. His desire was to see them overflowing with the richness of generosity.

Giving Tests Our Sincerity

Paul explains that financial giving is an area that tests the sincerity of our love:

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:8–9, ESV)

Do you already excel in the grace of giving? Surely there is another area in your Christian life where God is challenging you to grow.

On the other hand, maybe your spiritual development has come to a grinding halt. No one is immune to this possibility. Like the Corinthians, we ought to keep growing, pushing forward, and never stop endeavoring to be more like Christ in everything we do.

You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17–18, NLT)

(Sources: Omanson, R. L., & Ellington, J. (1993). A handbook on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (p. 145). New York: United Bible Societies.)

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