Generosity and unity

RE Verse reading–1 Corinthians 16:1-4, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, 9:6-15 (day seven)  “Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience. . .(and) yearn for you”  (9:13-14)  Paul’s enthusiasm for an offering from the Greek churches for the struggling Jerusalem church came, partly, from his hope for unity.  The ancient world was torn to pieces by the prejudice between Greeks and Hebrews.  Paul believed that generosity from the Greeks would serve as proof (vs 13, dokima–“a test for authenticity”) that God was at work.  He also hoped that it would result in thanksgiving to God (vs 12) and a new, dramatic “yearning for friendship” (vs 14) in the hearts of the Jewish believers.  What better evidence that the Prince of peace had come than a bridge of friendship between former enemies?   Would it work today?. .  Between people who have a “history” of conflict and mistrust?  “Every man is a friend to him who gives gifts”  (Proverbs 19:6)  Simple wisdom.  Time-tested.  A path forward!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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