2 Corinthians 9:6 – He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully

St. John Chrysostom’s Homily…

Let each man do according as he has purposed in his heart. For a man when left to himself, does a thing more readily than when compelled. Wherefore also he dwells upon this: for having said, according as he is disposed, he added, Not grudgingly, nor of necessity. And neither was he content with this, but he adds a testimony from Scripture also, saying, For God loves a cheerful giver. Do you see how frequently he lays this down? I speak not by commandment: and, Herein I give my advice: and, as a matter of bounty, and not as of extortion, and again, not grudgingly, nor of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. In this passage I am of opinion that a large [giver] is intended; the Apostle however has taken it as giving with readiness. For because the example of the Macedonians and all those other things were enough to produce sumptuousness, he does not say many things on that head, but upon giving without reluctance. For if it is a work of virtue, and yet all that is done of necessity is shorn of its reward , with reason also he labors at this point. And he does not advise merely, but also adds a prayer, as his wont is to do, saying…

And may God , that is able, fulfill all grace towards you.

By this prayer he takes out the way a thought which lay in wait against this liberality and which is now also a hinderance to many. For many persons are afraid to give alms, saying, ‘Lest perchance I become poor,’ ‘lest perchance I need aid from others.’ To do away with this fear then, he adds this prayer, saying, May He make all grace abound towards you. Not merely fulfil, but make it abound. And what is make grace abound? ‘Fill you,’ he means, ‘with so great things, that you may be able to abound in this liberality.’ That ye, having always all sufficiency in every thing, may abound to every good work.

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Guiding the Stewardship Committee, as part of the National Standing Committees of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States
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