Text: II Corinthians 7 and 8
In this part of the letter to the Corinthians, it appears that the people in the community have confessed their sin against God, and against Paul. Paul is writing to let them know how encouraged he is with their change of heart and behaviour. Paul also wants them to know how delighted he is with Titus’ welcome by the Corinthian church.
At this point, it seems Paul has enough confidence in their change of heart that he calls them to give generously to the relief fund for the Jerusalem church who have experienced much testing, and many are now living in poverty.
Paul gives some instructions on how to give: Be generous but give in proportion to what you have, not what you don’t have.
Paul models a right godly attitude and behaviour of church leader who has used his Christ-given authority to admonish the church in their sinful behaviour. He then is quick to encourage them in their repentance and changed attitudes, noting that he himself is much encouraged by their turn-around.
Never one to let the church rest on its laurels, Paul then thanks them for their acceptance of Titus and recommends another brother to them. He expects the church to accept this other brother as well and to show love to all the brothers (and sisters?) with them.
QUESTION for Reflection
What kind of a giver am I? Do I give according to what I have, or am I stingy in what I give? Do I give with joy, not with reluctance? Do I trust that God has and will continue to give me what I need, so that I am able to give generously and joyfully?
Oh Lord God, you who gives to us so completely your compassion and your Holy Spirit, mold us to become generous and joyful in sharing the gifts you give us.
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