100 Verses

49. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:7


Since money is all-pervasive in our lives, it seems only right to devote at least one of our memory verses to the subject of giving. The greatest stewardship chapters in the Bible are 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, these two chapters are reduced to their key principles:

  1. Each one should give faithfully. The New King James Version says: “So let each one give.” We can take the words “each one” literally. Every Christian. I believe even children should tithe. Childhood is when we learn healthy patterns of living; and what’s healthier than giving? An allowance is the first opportunity in a person’s life to discover the blessings of giving. If every child in every Christian home learned that the first dime of every dollar belonged to the Lord, God’s work on earth would never be underfunded.
  2. Each one should give thoughtfully, as he has decided in his heart. It’s all right to give impulsively; but Christian stewardship involves planned, consistent, thoughtful patterns of giving. J. L. Kraft, who founded Kraft Foods, said, “The only investments I ever made which have paid constantly increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.”
  3. Each one should give freely, not out of regret or necessity. We don’t give because we’re compelled to; we’re excited about the privilege and blessings of it.
  4. Give cheerfully. This verse tells us God loves cheerful givers, which is a remarkable phrase. I can’t think of another time in the Bible when a similar phrase occurs. We see lots of references to God’s love, but I can’t recall another attitude or activity in life that’s commended in this way. The Bible seems to be saying that God is excited about us when we are excited about giving. And that leads to the wonderful promise in the next verse: And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always have everything you need, you may excel in every good work.

In the book Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand tells of being in and out of Communist prisons because of his faith in Christ. The principle of tithing was so internalized in his heart and those of his fellow prisoners that when they received a slice of bread a week and dirty soup every day, they faithfully tithed from it. Every tenth day they gave their soup to weaker brothers, and every tenth week they took their slice of bread and gave it to fellow prisoners in Jesus’ name.

Earn all you can, save all you can, and then give all you can. Never try to save out of God’s cause; such money will canker the rest. Giving to God is no loss; it is putting your substance into the best bank. —Charles H. Spurgeon

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