Good Morning Girls. This is the ninth such post. I hope that people are not too annoyed by the autumnal graphics! As I've mentioned before, I use the SOAP method of Bible study , and their study guide uses a similar method. I find this helpful for a quick little study such as this one, but even more for digging into passages more deeply.
For today, the verse to study was 2 Corinthians 9:7, which has long been a favorite of mine. It is one that my dad lived by.
S= "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
O= Verse 6 notes that the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. It's a great lead-in to this verse, reminding Paul's readers that they will be blessed by God if they give generously and cheerfully. Verse 8 reminds that God graciously gives His children sufficiency in all things so that they can abound in good works. Our giving is to be purposeful, cheerful, and not done in a grudging manner.
A= I'm blessed to be a cheerful giver who is married to an even more cheerful giver. We have always given of our money, time and talents to our local church, supported missionaries on our own, and shared funds, time, and material goods with other believers as needs have arisen in their lives. God has always provided over the years. The statement "You can't outgive God" may be thought of as somewhat of a cliche these days, but we have always found it to be true. It is just a joy, a blessing and a privilege to be able to give of ourselves!
P= "Lord, I'm so thankful that You've inclined our hearts to give cheerfully. It's such a joy to be able to share what we have with others! I thank You for Your generous provision of goods and finances that have enabled us to share generously with others. I pray that You will continue to direct our giving as time goes on. In Jesus' name, Amen."