“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”
2 Corinthians 9.7
2016 has been quite a year! We have had many times to celebrate like the fantastic achievement of Team GB in Rio. but there have also been times of tragedy with floods, earthquakes and violence.
Christmas gives us a great opportunity to think about how we can help others. I dare say that we do much already to help those in need, but are there other ways that we can help? The Bible verse for today says that God loves it when we give cheerfully, because it is the heart that God examines when he looks at us. So, what is our heart prompting us to do this Christmas?
A friend of mine delights in making cookies with her children and then going door to door to her neighbours giving them the cookies and praying a blessing over them. I believe this is what the passage is referring to because they do it, not because they have to, but because they ‘want’ to and they can see how it benefits others without asking for something in return. Sometimes we may feel that we should give our money to help others, which is great, but for some people they may want to give in other ways, like with the cookies. Is there a way you can cheerfully give your time this Christmas? Or offer to help someone with something?
Maybe today you can spend some time praying how you can give this Christmas, listen to what God may be prompting you to do and see if your heart is leading you to do something. For as the passage says “God loves a cheerful giver.”
Pray for a generous and uncalculating heart.
Think of someone you would not usually buy a present for (and who may not buy you one), then give them something you think they would really like