Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday, November 25th: 2 Corinthians 8-11 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Corinthians 8-11

Sorry this is so late today...

In chapters 8 & 9 Paul is talking to the churches about giving. This is sometimes a hard topic for me because I think that I often don't give enough, or it goes in spurts, or I wish I could give more and yet we really have so much and if we would cut back on our own pleasures we could give so much more. I think it's hard in our culture to find a balance between enjoying life and meeting our needs so we can give more. I did appreciate this comment from my bible commentary...

"The point of giving is not so much the amount we give, but why and how we give. God does not want gifts given grudgingly. Instead, he wants us to give as these churches did -- out of dedication to Christ, love for fellow believers, the joy of helping those in need, as well as the fact that it was simply the good and right thing to do. How well does our giving measure up to the standards set by the Macedonian churches?"

I also found 2 Corinthians 10:18 very amusing...

"For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends."

I found this verse amusing because Cam so often uses a similar line when it comes to hockey parents who think their kid is so great.  What he says is "If you have to tell me how great your kid is, he's likely not that great. If he is that good, I'll have heard about it from someone else".  How true is that...If we have to tell people how good we are we likely aren't as good as we think we are...we are better off doing as well as we can and getting a commendation from the Lord as that's the only opinion that matters anyway.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Corinthians 12-13, Acts 20:2-3, Romans 1-2

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I appreciated the quote you shared about giving, very true.

A great reminder as well that God's approval and commendation is the only one we need.