Helping Others to Thank

2 Corinthians 9:11-12

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

As Paul writes the Corinthians, he is encouraging their generosity in giving.  He reminds them that what they give should not be done under compulsion but with a cheerful and willing heart.

When we give, we create reasons for other people to thank God.  First of all, when we give, we should give with a thankful heart, as Paul has mentioned about being a cheerful giver.  A cheerful giver is one who gives with the recognition that God is the source of their blessings.  This cheerfulness and thankfulness will quickly spread to others as they see the reason for our thankfulness.

But there is a second obvious benefit that our giving creates.  The recipient of our gift has a very good reason to thank God as well.  When we give, we are simply a vessel through which God’s gifts flow.  We pass along the gifts that God gave us to someone who may need them more than we do.  In doing so, we thank God for our gifts and those who receive the gifts from us also thank God.  It is a double blessing and a double thanking!

This is a win-win scenario for everyone involved.  The giver gives thanks as they give joyfully.  The recipient gives thanks when they receive the gift.  And God gets all of the glory for being the source of all the blessings.

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