2 Corinthians 7-9
Observation: These two chapters on giving financially to worship Jesus are interesting and encouraging. I find it most encouraging that Jesus’ sacrifice in coming to earth seems to be the best motivation for our sacrificial giving.
Question: What letter is Paul describing that grieved the Corinthians? Our first assumption is that it is 1 Corinthians. That could be true. It seems more likely that Paul wrote an additional letter as a strong confrontation over some of their sins and that we don’t have that letter (obviously, by God’s will). The more important part is how Paul describes the positive response of godly repentance and what that looks like.
Application: I want to be a generous giver. I need to take time to really examine my giving to God and look for ways to give more and to do so cheerfully.
Prayer: God, I praise You that You comfort the downcast.
Titus is mentioned a few times in these chapters. A young protégé of Paul, he took on the responsibilities of facilitating the communications between Paul and the Corinthian church, and collecting offerings for the Christians in Jerusalem who were having a most difficult time. And to his credit, Paul shares that Titus saw the need and did what had to be done.