Thursday, December 11, 2008

overflow of joy

II Corinthians 8:1-4

"We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints."

in the devotional i am reading it then asks: "how did the macedonians' joy relate to their giving?"

the title of the this week's chapter is true love: duty or delight? II Corinthians 8:1-4 is evidence that true love is delightful. the way in which we love God and one another is what i believe God tells us to monitor and take inventory of. this Christmas, start something that will change the rest of your life: turn up the intensity with in which you love, honor and respect our God. turn up the intensity with in which you love one another.

DO IT WITH DELIGHT. it will change things.

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