Posts Tagged ‘Giving’

3 John 13-15 Better Left Unsaid

PLEASE Holy Spirit tell me which one and when to use each of them; words AND silence.

One again we come to the end of John’s letter. There is MUCH more he wants to say but wants it to be face to face.

John was NOT a gossip! He did not disclose in his letters anything that needed to be settled personally. His letters were short and dwelt on the major point John wanted to address. He certainly knew that his letters were being passed around by the churches. So anything of a purely personal nature he wanted to convey face to face.

John had matters to attend to with Diotrephes, but even those matters were going to be done in person. We don’t need to share ALL the details of our interactions with everyone. There is such a thing as “need to know” that applies even in the church. I don’t know if he had corrective matters to discuss with Gaius but we know he did with Diotrephes. But even extra praise made public can become a problem. Read more »

2 Corinthian 8:1-15 Matter of Fairness

Giving from the heart as a matter of fairness.

Paul is encouraging the Corinthian church to make good on their promised gift of support. As a body they had pledged help but they had not yet delivered on their promise.

I’m assuming that because of the split in this church the promised gift was harder to give. It could also be that their attention had been diverted from the promised gift with all that they were dealing with in the church.

Paul recognizes that situations have changed but reminds them of their promise anyway. He doesn’t insist on the full amount originally pledged. Instead he asks them to give “according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have” (verse 12). Read more »

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Weekly Offerings

Giving involves the heart, not just the pocketbook

Paul now gets down to the business portion of his letter. My bible helps tell me he is responding to a question in the Corinthian’s letter to him. This question involves giving.

Looking at the wording Paul uses, it sounds like this group is asking if they could contribute like their sister church. It appears that they wanted direction on how they should orchestrate this process of giving to help the Jerusalem church. This was where Paul’s collections from the different churches ended up. Read more »

Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus Teaches Quiet Giving

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Giving in Secret

Jesus’ teaching today starts with righteous living for righteousness sake and not for personal praise. He tells us that if we are living rightly just so someone will notice how “good” we are, that we have already received our reward.

I started wondering just what a righteous life would look like. Dictionary.com defines righteous as: characterized by uprightness or morality; morally right or justifiable; acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous. Ok. So what does that mean? I broke it down a little further and looked at “right” as defined by Dictionary.com. They define right as: in accordance with what is good, proper, or just. Now that definition breaks it down enough that we can visualize actual behaviors.

A person living a righteous life would do what was good, proper or just in all circumstances. They would never cheat anyone. Never steal or lie. Not accuse someone unjustly. They would never physically hurt someone. They would do the right thing in every situation. On our own it is IMPOSSIBLE to live a righteous life all the time. Even the best behaved person, at some point in time, will miss these standards. And that is why we need Jesus and the forgiveness He offers us WHEN we do fail. Read more »