. . .And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work . . .2 Corinthians 9:8
Even the ability to be grateful is a gift of God. And my gratitude can be expressed toward a God who loves me, and who is sufficient for my every need. Not fickle or moody — a loving, perfect Father who has promised to care for His child.
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11-12
Do you have a tough time accepting the generosity of others? I do. And it’s wrong. I don’t mean, do I have a rough time feeling entitled, because I fight that all the time. To accept the generosity of others as being a gift from God takes humility. It means admitting that I need something. The outcome of receiving generosity should be an overflowing, thankful heart that praises the goodness and generosity of God. Aloud. To others.
By their approval of this service they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 2 Corinthians 9:13-14
Do you pray for those who are generous toward you? Do you pray for those who are the objects of your generosity? God could just individually provide all of our individual needs without involving other people and turning generosity and gratitude into a “community thing.” But our Father knows that we need continual reminders to be generous, and we need continual reminders that we are not sufficient in ourselves — we need each other.
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
A generous God gives to us so that we can receive His generosity, and in turn praise Him and glorify His name by telling others of His generosity and being generous to others. They will hear of God’s generosity to them, and receive His generous gift, and praise Him and glorify Him by being generous to others. . .
and the gift goes on and on . . .