Growing in Giving

II Corinthians 8:7

"Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also." - 2 Cor 8:7

What is this grace that Paul is talking about? Note the context of this verse. (read v1-6) Paul is talking about the example of the churches of Macedonia. In this passage he deals with many of the excuses that people attempt to use when they do not give.

This grace = giving. Notice the context gives us the importance of our abounding or going beyond the norm. It is given equal importance with faith (trusting in God), utterance (preaching the Word of God), knowledge (studying the Word of God), diligence (working for God) and love (essence of God in our lives). Abound in this grace also! Or in the same way.

A. Why Give?

B. How to Give

Giving is an important value to build our lives upon. Giving is getting close to the heart of God. The Scripture is filled with examples of great givers, but none so vivid as Jesus Christ. As we seek to grow in our relationship to Him, and to develop or build our lives on biblical principles and in accordance with biblical values, we need to be reminded of the importance of 'this grace'.