2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (ESV)
10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
13By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
15Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
These few verses seem to express a raging integration of goodness and Godliness that creates a blessing for everyone in the near vicinity. Almost like combustion.
Amazingly Paul James and John express that giving is the gospel in action. John says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” For John giving and having the love of the Father come from the same place. Either you do or don’t have the love of God. And maybe this is what James was saying, “”You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”
I have pondered the powerful weapons of forgiveness and generosity in the past, they are both very unique in how they effect the world; both of them have a DNA that can be directly traced back to God. There is no other explanation for them. They are supernatural and as verse 12 says about thanksgiving to God, they produce supernatural fruit. To some extent, where the gospel has taken root the fruit of generosity and forgiveness will always be.
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prayed for you today…