Paul encourages the Corinthians to give by expressing his confidence in them—that they will finish what they started a year ago (2 Cor 9.1-4). How should we encourage people to give? Do we often appeal to their guilt or pity? If not, to what should we appeal?
Paul urges the Corinthians to be “cheerful” in their giving (2 Cor 9.7). What should be the motives behind our giving? What motives will make our giving cheerful (the Greek word comes from the same root as the English word “hilarious”)?
Paul reminds the Corinthians of the principle in farming (2 Cor 9.6,10): what you sow is what you reap, and whether you reap little or much depends on whether you sow sparingly or bountifully. How does this way of looking at giving change our attitude about it? When we give, do we lose or do we gain?
Paul further assures that God will “supply and multiply” (2 Cor 9.10, ESV): God supplies what we need, and multiplies what we give. All this, God does by His grace (2 Cor 9.8,14). How does “the exceeding (or surpassing) grace of God” make a difference to our giving?