Paul uses the Macedonians’ example to encourage the Corinthian Christians to also excel in the act of giving. He explains that giving should come from a willing heart and not out of compulsion. He reminds them that God loves a cheerful giver and that generosity is a reflection of their love for Him and their fellow believers.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, 11)
The apostle assures the Corinthians that their generosity will not only meet the needs of fellow believers but also lead to thanksgiving and praise to God. He explains that their giving is not just about material support but also serves as a powerful testimony of their faith and love in action. By helping others through their generosity, the Corinthians will strengthen the bonds of love within the Christian community and inspire others to honor God with their finances.
Paul concludes by expressing gratitude to God for His indescribable gift, referring to the ultimate gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. This gift is the foundation of the believers’ faith and the motivation behind their acts of giving and kindness towards others.