2 Corinthians 9:7-9
2Co 9:7 Each one should give as he has decided in his heart, not out of guilt or from fear, because God loves a happy giver.
2Co 9:8 And God is able to richly bless you in all kinds of ways, so that having all your needs supplied in all things at all times, you may be rich in every good work.
2Co 9:9 Just like what is written, “He has contributed generously, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
the generosity package
Paul quotes from Psalm 112:9 here. He was using the quote as a footnote to the entire psalm, which lays out the activities and results of a righteous person’s life. Paul was telling the Corinthians that when they give generously to this cause, they are doing something that a righteous person does, and they can expect to be blessed in various ways.
- His family after him will be prominent.
- He will have wealth and riches.
- His times of darkness will be followed by light.
- He will be vindicated if charged of wrongdoing.
- He will be strong during tough times.
- He will be an honored leader.
Generosity is only part of the righteousness package of Psalm 112. But it is a part of it.
LORD, teach us to do right, including doing right by our giving.