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I prayed prior to writing this devotion, as I always do, because I needed God to give me wisdom. Sometimes, when we talk about “giving”, some of us get offended, and that is not my intent. We must each decide in our hearts how much to give. We should not give reluctantly, or in response to pressure, because God loves a person who gives cheerfully. Some of us complain about the number of offerings, but we must realize that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others. Whatever we have to give should be given with a joyful heart. I continually say to the members of Bethlehem Baptist Church, “It’s not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.” It is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving is a part of worship — we worship God with our time, talents, and resources. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, we find these words:

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Paul writes to his fellow believers about the importance of giving. He does not want them to give begrudgingly, but rather to give generously. He also indicates that God will provide all that is needed. The scripture says that they should share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. God is the one who provides; consequently, we are blessed to receive His blessings. Prayerfully, today we are striving to become cheerful givers.