2 Corinthians 9* The reason for sending Titus to collect their alms. (1-5) TheCorinthians to be liberal and cheerful, The apostle thanks Godfor his unspeakable gift. (6-15)1-5 When we would have others do good, we must act toward themprudently and tenderly, and give them time. Christians shouldconsider what is for the credit of their profession, andendeavour to adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in allthings. The duty of ministering to the saints is so plain, thatthere would seem no need to exhort Christians to it; yetself-love contends so powerfully against the love of Christ,that it is often necessary to stir up their minds by way ofremembrance. 6-15 Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seemthrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seedsown, from which a valuable increase may be expected. It shouldbe given carefully. Works of charity, like other good works,should be done with thought and design. Due thought, as to ourcircumstances, and those we are about to relieve, will directour gifts for charitable uses. Help should be given freely, beit more or less; not grudgingly, but cheerfully. While somescatter, and yet increase; others withhold more than is meet,and it tends to poverty. If we had more faith and love, weshould waste less on ourselves, and sow more in hope of aplentiful increase. Can a man lose by doing that with which Godis pleased? He is able to make all grace abound towards us, andto abound in us; to give a large increase of spiritual and oftemporal good things. He can make us to have enough in allthings; and to be content with what we have. God gives not onlyenough for ourselves, but that also wherewith we may supply thewants of others, and this should be as seed to be sown. We mustshow the reality of our subjection to the gospel, by works ofcharity. This will be for the credit of our profession, and tothe praise and glory of God. Let us endeavour to copy theexample of Christ, being unwearied in doing good, and deeming itmore blessed to give than to receive. Blessed be God for theunspeakable gift of his grace, whereby he enables and inclinessome of his people to bestow upon others, and others to begrateful for it; and blessed be his glorious name to alleternity, for Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of his love,through whom this and every other good thing, pertaining to lifeand godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expression,measure, or bounds.
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