2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Paul is writing to the church at Corinth about a gift of support for the saints in Jerusalem. How we sow is what we will reap. This is not only instruction about giving but how and why we give. Giving is a condition of the heart in response to the gospel not something that we are just commanded to do as a transaction. God loves when a person is glad to give!
God does not need my giving and he certainly doesn’t want it begrudgingly. In verse 7 we are told that everyone must give as decided in our heart. This is not just a matter of a mind exercise of budget and bills. Giving needs to be in response to the grace we have been given to forgive our sins, provide for others in need as our needs have been met. If this is not my mindset, I need to pray for the Spirit to let me see how I am forgiven and that all things provided to me come from God.
Thank you for your grace and forgiveness in loving us. Let my gifts be a response from my heart to your love. May my giving be first, cheerful and not out of compulsion to check as paid.