2 Corinthians 8

Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.

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“…just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving … For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich … For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he doesn’t have.” (8:7, 9, 12 NIV)

Father, thank You for the resources You supply.  Thanks for providing for my needs and for opportunities to share with others.  Thank You for accepting whatever size gift I can give based on what I have.  Take each gift, whether publicly shared or anonymously given, and bless it, so that the recipient is moved closer to the realization of Your deep and personal love for him or her.

Keep my motives pure and Christ-like as I give. Shape my will, my desires, my motives to fully resemble Your own.

Set my confidence firmly on You, so that it’s You in whom I trust to provide for my needs.  When I am confident in Your promise to take care of me, there’s no need to be selfish with what You supply.  Out of my something I can give to alleviate another’s nothing–and that’s not always a gift of money.  Move me to “excel in this grace of giving.” Make me just like Jesus. Amen.