Day 200/260: Read 2 Corinthians 8
How important is your attitude? If you do a favor for someone, but you complain the entire time, how do you think that person feels about your effort? Your attitude can invalidate any good deed you may do.
The Corinthian church told Paul that they wanted an opportunity to help their brothers in need, and the apostle now tells them it is time to “complete the doing of it.” Certainly, they were not expected to give more than they had. Yet, they were encouraged to do all they could in fulfilling their desire.
“For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” That “willing mind” is so important when helping someone. Had they begrudgingly fulfilled their promise, would it be as appreciated? If their attitude was such that gave the impression of saying, “I said I would do it, so here you go,” with a huff, what would the recipient think? How would it make them feel?
Friends, we need to be joyful when we help those in need, whether we are giving of our time, money, or talents. Smile and say a kind word, without complaining about any difficulty you may have experienced. It will be remembered more fondly by both the recipient and by you.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
2 Corinthians 9:7. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Pray for an occasion to show joy while helping a brother or sister in need.