In 2 Corinthians 8-9 Paul presents another picture of what it looks like to be a servant of Jesus Christ. The people of God are to be generous people. Perhaps the best summary of these two chapters is found in 2 Corinthians 9:11.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV)
One of the difficulties about teaching on generosity and giving is that if you command people to be generous, then they are not being generous when they give. They are giving from the command, under compulsion. Generosity comes from the heart that wants to give. So how will Paul teach these Corinthians about the need to generous, giving people so that it will be a desire that comes from their hearts and not a command to give more? This is what we will look at in these next two lessons from 2 Corinthians and through this study learn the grace of giving.
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