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God loves a cheerful giver

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“Brothers and sisters: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

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“You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.” [2 Cor 9:6-11]

Another reason why the Apostle encourages them to be humanitarian is the reward they will receive from God. The harvest they reap from sowing is proof of how philanthropic God is: “For if even to those who sow the earth and to those who are concerned about the needs of the body, God gives in great abundance, much more will he give to those who till the soil of heaven and apply themselves to the salvation of their souls […]. Therefore, he asks that we should not simply give alms, but give alms generously. That is why he calls alms ‘seed.’ Just as a corn sown in the ground produces a crop, so generous alms produces righteousness in an abundant harvest” (St. John Chrysostom, In 2 Corinthians, 20).

“God loves a cheerful giver” can be found on verse 7. What God’s trying to relate to us? To give more is even burdensome to us? Definitely not, what God wants us to do is to share that would not hamper the needs of a family.

To set an example … when we give alms to the poor, we are not giving the leftover. Remember, blessings come from above and it will be added to us a hundred folds if we give cheerfully.

This is a loose translation of the Septuagint version of Proverbs 22:8, which puts the emphasis on the joy that alms giving bring: “If you give bread and it makes you sad to do so,” St. Augustine comments, “you lose both the bread and the reward” (Narrations in Psalms, 42, 8).

America loves to help other countries that are starving like Africa. There were tens of thousands of people died of hunger every day, and we are here to support them. However, other countries look at us in a negative mode, despite the fact that we are trying to help.

Apparently, we cannot please everyone there is always someone who’ll criticize the good deeds that we are trying to imply to others that would make them happy.

This would be a double edge sword. Are we helping because we want something in return? Giving is something that the giver is not expecting in return.

How can we help them? Other countries need help in terms of financial help, food, clothing, as their basic necessities. We can teach them how to farm, build schools and provide training to their teachers to cope with the new trend on technology.

All of this can be done through the help of the Holy Spirit who dictates in our heart what to do and for sure. Our endeavor can be met in accordance to God’s will.

Giving is very important to all believers as one way to show the love of God. In fact, 10% of its gross income can be as a tithe. When we give more tremendous blessing come our way. We don’t give with gloomy face or let your left hand know what your right hand is doing because such actions already been paid, and it has no merit.

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