Our scripture this morning is 2 Corinthians 9:6-9.

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 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.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

Paul writes to the church in Corinth regarding giving, using the example of planting seed. He wants us to understand that giving for the needs of others is what God has called us to do, but also that our generosity can inspire increased faith and further generosity in those whom we help. God creates a cycle of assistance through our giving.

The scriptural quote Paul uses comes from Psalm 112:9, which is similar to Proverbs 22:9 “Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor”. These indicate that giving has been part of God’s plan for a long time. God wants us to be involved in the welfare of others, sharing what we have been given.

Paul tells us not to give “reluctantly or in response to pressure”. Our offering must be a gift, given in joy and praise for what the Lord has done for us. God loves a cheerful giver because they are grateful for their blessings and want others to be able to know that joy. When we give in order to help our brothers and sisters we are part of God’s work in the world.

Gracious God, You have given us everything. Help us to be generous in our giving out of love for You and all creation. Amen.

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