Cheerful Giving

God loves a cheerful giver

There are so many implications in the passage below from 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV):

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

We can give our time, talents, experience, even our smiles, as well as our money, and we can give at home, at work, at church, in shops, in our travels… BUT if we do it grudgingly or half-heartedly, we have wasted it. And I hate waste, don’t you?

This gives rise to the question: Should I give or not? I have two answers: Answer 1: I really want to be a cheerful giver, so I ask God to help me do it with the right attitude. Answer 2: If you can’t do it cheerfully, don’t do it.

Which answer do you prefer?

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