Be generous and cheerful

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. –2 corinthians 9:7

As Christians, we should be generous people, giving whatever we can whenever we can. And that doesn’t mean just money–we can give help, encouragement, time, talents and forgiveness.

This means we can’t let selfishness get in the way. A lot of people are stingy, clinging to what they have and afraid to give it up. Others aren’t stingy in their actions, but they are stingy in their hearts, giving because they feel obligated, not because they really want to.

But this isn’t the way God calls to give. Second corinthians 9:7 tells us, God loves a cheerful giver.

If you thin about it, when we give our lives to God, everything we have in His anyway–it no longer belongs to us. We should be givers, using our resources the way He wants us to.

Give cheerfully today. It pleases God, and those who give cheerfully are happy, fulfilled, and highly effective.

From the book “Promises for your everyday lives”

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