GOD LOVES ONE WHO GIVES CHEERFULLY
If there is one area in the church that is difficult for the believers to hear or for the proclaimer to preach without being criticized, it’s those times when money is mentioned. For some reason, money makes people feel uncomfortable. Far too often people complain and whine about the offerings in the church. When the offering is received, some give reluctantly and find no real joy in the gifts they offer. God’s Word says it is better for Christians to give than to receive, but we have gotten to the point we would rather receive than give. Think about how much God gives to us, and how much we give to Him. Isn’t it amazing that even the widow’s mite is recorded in the Holy Writ? II Corinthians 9:7 explains God’s viewpoint.
“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.’”
According to Paul in his writings, each should give according to their own ability, but also cheerfully. Offerings for the temple were to be accepted only from those who gave from the heart. A cheerful spirit is the fruit of a generous heart, as well as an act of faith. It places God at the center of one’s entire being. Paul is concerned no one be forced or embarrassed, but they give out of their own free will. There is so much to be said about this matter of giving. We do not give to be seen or recognized. Rather, we fully understand that whatever we have comes from God. Consequently, our giving is an expression of our gratitude, worship, and love. May God be pleased with our giving and may we do it cheerfully.
II Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)