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True Biblical Giving (Chinese/English)

2 Corinthians 8:1-5-We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints — 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

哥林多后书 8:1-5-弟兄们,我把 神赐给马其顿众教会的恩告诉你们2就是他们在患难中受大试炼的时候,仍有满足的快乐;在极穷之间,还格外显出他们乐捐的厚恩。3我可以证明:他们是按着力量,而且也过了力量,自己甘心乐意的捐助,4再三地求我们,准他们在这供给圣徒的恩情上有份。5并且他们所作的,不但照我们所想望的,更照神的旨意,先把自己献给主,又归附了我们。

True Biblical Giving

The churches of Macedonia weren’t rich in material things, but they sure were spiritually.

Let’s look at how they gave:

Vs 1. They gave because God’s love had been showed to them. Grace is undeserved favor and when you receive it, you will want to share it. Grace is meant to be shared. Amen. When showing grace, the other person may not deserve it, but you still give it.

Vs 2. They gave despite persecution. They were going through the mill but had joy and that joy overflowed in their giving. Just because you are going through persecution, doesn’t mean you become inward looking.

Vs 3. They made sacrifices. They gave over and above what they had. They may have had to get rid of some object or possession that was precious to them. What precious object would you be willing to get rid of, to give generously? They didn’t have to be told! Some Christians have to be forced to part with money. Are you one of them?

Vs 4. There was a need, and these believers were eager to meet that need. They actually begged Paul to let them be involved.  How many believers beg to be put on the church’s stewardship program? How many believers want to be involved in supporting the work of the gospel? Do you have the same attitude that these believers had?

Vs 5. Their first commitment was to the Lord and then to Paul, and therefore it was quite easy for them to part with their money. Where is our first commitment?

Remember God LOVES a cheerful giver!

Are you happy when you give to God’s work and God’s people?

God bless you,


About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Hi Keith
    Tithing has always been a bone of contention with many Christians – You did a great job with your article supporting the “Word” to back the importance of tithing.
    Thank you!
    God Bless~

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