Season of Gift Giving

Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

http://bible.com/116/2co.9.15.NLT

Context: Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure

“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 

As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat

In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. 

And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 

So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 

As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

2 Corinthians 9:6‭-‬15 NLT

http://bible.com/116/2co.9.6-15.NLT

At Thanksgiving and Christmas time there is a push to buy and give and give in order to get. The ad man is working overtime and retailers are droping prices to make us an offer we can’t refuse. Charities also remind us that there are others in need who don’t have families & friends who meet their needs, let alone their wishes and wants. 

As we go through this season may we not give until it hurts, but rather, give until it feels good.

God provides the seeds for us to plant. We can’t plant anymore than what we have to plant. If we plant a lot we will reap a lot and have plenty to share. If we plant only a little, because we only have a little, we will harvest only a little. From our little or large harvest it is up to each of us, as the scripture says; You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  

May we be thankful, truly grateful, for what God gives to us and may we freely give what we can to others during all seasons, as we are able & fit to do so.

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