This benefits you (II Corinthians 8)

 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.  II Corinthians 8:10

Unless you and I are living in the affected areas it would be hard in this moment to even comprehend the massive chaos and upheaval in Texas and Louisiana as a result of the storms that are still pouring out their fury on these two states.  I watched footage from the devastation with my family and found myself asking this question: “What can our family do?”

As Paul writes chapter 8 of II Corinthians he is writing to a people who had heard of the hard times that had come to the city of Jerusalem.  The church had, while Paul was with them, committed to giving help to the people.  One year has passed and the check had still not been sent.

Question: “What motivates you and I to help others?”

Paul’s answer is in verse one of chapter 8:

We want you to know, brothers,[a] about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia

It was the amazing grace of God that motivated the churches to give.  This may be hard for some to understand?  We often only view grace from the eyes of what we receive.  Grace truly is amazing in all we receive, but it is also amazing in all that it leads us to give.

  • Grace infuses the believer with an overflowing wealth of generosity.

Affliction will not dam up this well.  Poverty will never dam up this well.

  • Grace infuses the believer with an overflowing understanding of generosity.

A person who understands grace realizes the most valuable gift they can give is the gift of themselves.  They also understand Jesus to be the greatest example of giving, Vs: 9.

When grace flows out freely you understand the trials of others benefits you in being able to exercise the works of grace.  This day I challenge you to take time to pour out love to others in their time of need, Vs: 24.  Write the check, book the flight, get involved.  Get on your knees and pray for God’s mercy and wisdom for this time.  Ask God to redeem the hearts of men all over the United States.

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