2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-15
14 For Christ’s love compels us because we are convinced that one died for
all and therefore all died. 15 And he [Christ] died for all, that those who
live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them
and was raised again.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if
any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being
like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do
nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value
others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you
to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ
Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God
something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And
being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming
obedient to death - even death on a cross!
1. GIVING IS LOVING.
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.
Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
2. GIVING IS RECEIVING.
a. They gave FREELY.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what
it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I
can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to
share in my troubles.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-7
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should
give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
b. They gave GENEROUSLY.
15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance
with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me
in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in
Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
PHILIPPIANS 4:18 NLT
18 At the moment I have all I need and more! I am generously supplied with the
gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.
c. They gave SACRIFICIALLY.
2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-7
1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God
has given the Macedonian churches. [The city of Philippi was a major city of
the eastern part of Macedonia. The city was named after King Philip of
Macedonia. So we know that Paul is talking about the church at Philippi in this
passage.] 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their
extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as
much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to
the Lord’s people.
PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NASB
19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His
riches in glory in Christ Jesus.