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Day 7 – Giving

Part 3 – Joyful Giving

Giving with Joy – 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

  • Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give.
    • Plan your giving.
  • God does not want you to give reluctantly or under compulsion
    • You should feel a joy, excitement, and enthusiasm when you give.
  • God loves a cheerful (in Greek “hilarious”) giver.

The privilege of Giving – 2 Corinthians 8:3-5

  • The Macedonians urgently pleaded to give
  • They understood that is was a privilege because they had first given themselves to the Lord

Special Time of Giving – Time of Victory and Joy for God’s People

  • The Israelites gave to build the temple and the people rejoiced (1 Chronicles 29:1-9)
  • The people willingly brought more to contribute to the building of the tabernacle (Exodus 35:20-29, 36:2-7)

Questions

  1. Am I cheerful giver? What keeps me from giving cheerfully?
  2. Am I eager or reluctant to give, especially at times of special contribution?
  3. At what time was I the most joyful about my giving? Why?
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