Giving should be Done with Passion
THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 16, 2019
Topic: Giving should be Done with Passion
2 Corinthians 8:1-10; Philippians 4:10-23
2 Corinthians 8:3-4
3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
The Macedonians begged and pleaded with the apostle Paul to receive their gifts for the believers in Jerusalem. Their attitude was not lukewarm. Unfortunately, today’s believers usually need long exhortations and sometimes rebukes from preachers before they give. We must be aggressive givers to make any impact on others’ lives.
Jacob was a passionate giver during his encounter with his brother Esau (Genesis 33:8-11). Esau refused the gifts Jacob attempted to give him but the latter compelled him to receive them. Righteous people should not coerce us to give to them. We must find ways of compelling them to receive from us.
The Shunammite woman urged – constrained – Elisha to stop over at her house and eat food – the man of God did not stroll into her house (2 Kings 4:8). The Shunammite woman’s kind of giving is found in some parts of the Body of Christ. Individuals look for opportunities to give and compel those they are led to bless to receive the blessings.
Pray for yourself that as you abound in knowledge, love, and other good virtues, you will abound also in the giving grace.
“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba
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