Commentary By: Gordon King
God loves a cheerful giver, not out of our own need nor with a heart which is reluctant to give, but with the purpose of loving and helping those in need.
2 Corinthians 9:7
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
When we give to others in need then we give of ourselves, it is a sacrifice to God. We must not do so grudgingly but with a cheerful heart! It does a man no good to give with the wrong intentions, nor does it please God when doing so.
All of our works will be tested in fire, those done with the right intentions will remain forever, however those done with the wrong intentions will be burned up!
When we give of ourselves then we are giving to God. We often think that giving is merely of money, however, we can give of many things my friends, many things. We can give food, clothing, shelter, comfort, wisdom, encouragement, friendship, and counseling. We can give blessings and prayers, we can give peace, we can even have mercy and forgiveness.
Our God is a giving God, One who blesses not only those who seek Him, but also those in rebellion to Him. He causes the rain to fall on both the good and the bad. That is not to say that there are not consequences for our actions, we reap what we sow. That does also not mean that there will not come a time of judgment for the wicked because there will be. What it does mean is that we should be more Christ-like in our ways, that we should have a heart for those who come against us. It means that we should pray for all men, women, and children.
We should bless those who come against us, we should love even our enemies! What good does it do to love only those who love you back? What good does it do us if we only bless our friends?
‘ “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.‘
Being a Christian is being different from the world, much of it just doesn’t make much sense in the world’s eyes. The world does not understand the ways of the righteous, and these ways may even seem irrational to ourselves, but they are the ways of God!
We are sons of the Most High God, His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts! We should follow His ways and His word, whether we completely understand it or not.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!