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A Fair Balance
‘And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.’ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NRSV)
There is a difference between aimless giving and giving to meet a need. There is a difference between giving when it doesn’t hurt and giving when it does. Giving when it costs is giving that makes a difference. How are we giving?
If we offer whatever we can (forget what we can’t), whenever we can, as long as we can, to whomever we can, then we have given well. Give eagerly and enthusiastically, not reluctantly or with a sense of compulsion, for God loves it when we give cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7) And rest assured, it will be returned in one way or another. What we will receive in return from God is a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38).
Give from your abundance so that it will generously meet the need of another. This might be so that the one who has much does not have too much and the one who has little does not have too little (2 Cor. 8:15).
A fair balance. Giving eagerly at a cost is a matter of creating a fair balance between our abundance and another’s need. Where do you stand in bringing balance to the equation?
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