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Day 5: Rich Magnanimity in Extreme Poverty

Friday, March 27th, 2015

2 Corinthians 8:1-7 - “And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

In the above passage, the Apostle Paul showcases the churches in Macedonia for being magnanimous in their giving out of their extreme poverty, which eventually welled up in rich generosity.  The way Paul describes this behavior is to call it an ‘exceling in the grace of giving.’  There is a wonderful biblical principle for us to consider through this passage, that none of us give out of our extreme opulence.  Rather, as those who have been saved by grace, we are fully cognizant of our failures and inabilities without Christ.  We know of our lack, of our selfishness, of our brokenness, and of our sinful tendencies,  were it not for the grace of God who has forgiven us and blessed us.  Hence, it is out of the extreme poverty of who we are without Christ that we respond and give in rich generosity to others.

Today as you pray, ask that you will also grow and excel in this grace of giving, where it is out of our extreme poverty that we will give in rich generosity.

Day Four: Cheerful Magnanimity

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Day Three: Magnanimous to the Last Drop

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Day Two: Magnanimity of Christ.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Day One: Magnanimous Existence

Monday, March 23rd, 2015