Giving

Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013
I had Character Building class
The topic is giving
We’re given questions about it
Why do you give something to people?
What do you feel when you give something to people?
Do you believe that you’ll be given more when you give something to people?
And so on…
And the end of the class, my friends and I were discussing about the questions given
That day, I didn’t know I’d be hearing the answers the next Sunday
Sunday, 8 Sep 2013
I was in youth Sunday service
The sermon were answering those questions and it’s real good
The topic is actually “Manage Your Money”
But it was more than just that
First of all, he said

Half truth is a whole lie. Half Gospel is not true gospel.
-JA

He read from the bible
“Sowing Generously”

2 Corinthians 9 : 6-11

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

 

7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
9 As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Briefly, he said that all our money –etc.– are from God
We are not the owner of ours
God is
That’s why we have to give it all back to God
By giving it to others
And, will we be given more if we give more?
Of course not, it’s all God’s not ours
What about verse 6?
John 4 : 37 gives the answer

Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.

The context in 2 Corinthians is this
Corinthians were rich, Jerusalem needed help
So Paul wanted Corinthians to help Jerusalem
When Corinthians sowed generously –give more
Jerusalem would reap generously –get more
It opened my eyes
I’ve never known the context behind that passage
All I know is who gives more will get more, vice versa
It’s all going back to the top
Half truth is a whole lie. Half Gospel is not true gospel.
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