{2 Corinthians 9:11-12; NLT}

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

 

In whatever sector of society Christian faith exists, it sets out to fight against the cost to human dignity that selfishness has exacted. It teaches the wealthy to be generous and to have a proper view of the privileges and responsibilities that come with financial success. When wealth is used properly and those who have it demonstrate humility, the inequalities of life are less bitter to those who do not possess it. On the other hand, for those who live in less-affluent circumstances, authentic faith teaches diligence, patience, industry and a recognition that the faithful execution of their responsibilities is to be done without envy of the rich or bitterness toward their own state.

William Wilberforce, Real Christianity, pp. 155-56

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is it important for us to be generous with God's blessings?
  • How can our hoarding blessings cause bitterness to those more unfortunate?
  • What can we do to bring dignity into the lives of the poor?
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