Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 8:1-15, 9:7-8,11-15 (day three) I’m in the minority on this subject but I don’t believe that giving is a commandment for New Testament believers. The Old Testament had the tithe. It was the law. A set percentage. The New Testament requires something much harder–voluntary giving. In 2 Corinthians 8:3 the Bible says “they gave voluntarily”. 8:8 says “I do not say this as a command”. 8:10 calls this whole conversation “advice”. 9:7 says that we are not to give “under compulsion”. New Testament life (life in the Spirit) is larger and better and higher than law. We do not give because we have to , we give because we choose to. As recepients of God’s grace, we feel the obligation and privilege of giving to others and to the cause of the Kingdom. God would rather have my heart than my money. He would rather have my will than my wallet. Until He does, He is willing to wait.