Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Day 162, June 11 - 2 Corinthians 8

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Verse 7

 But as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you--see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Grace - Greek work charis - I. That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech 

II. good will, loving-kindness, favor.
A. of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. 


  1. "12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, "Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.'"

    It is sometimes so difficult to do this!
    We started a monthly benevolence giving in our church for other members that need money each month. There are so many in need right now! Sometimes, we send money overseas and the person sitting in the pew next to us can't buy food.

  2. 2 Corinthians 8
    11-15 Remember how excited you were at first; it’s time to complete this task in the same spirit. Now if there is a willingness to help, give within your means. That’s perfectly acceptable. No one expects you to go without or borrow to give. The objective is not to go under so others will have some relief; the objective is to use this opportunity today to supply their needs out of your abundance. One day it may be the other way around, and they will need to supply your needs from what they have. That’s equality. As it is written, “The one who gathered plenty didn’t have more than he needed; the one who gathered little didn’t have less.”