Generous Giving Campaign 2015
Each generation takes delight in putting its practical wisdom in memorable form. For us it is maxims like "A stitch in time saves nine," "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Look before you leap." In like fashion Paul sums up the benefits of liberality by means of a maxim: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. From all appearances Paul is quoting a popular saying. It is one that he finds useful, since it reappears in slightly truncated form in Galatians 6:7 ("A man reaps what he sows"). There is no exact scriptural parallel. A similar thought is found in a number of Old Testament texts (such as Job 4:8; Prov 11:24-26; 22:8-9; Hos 10:12-13). But the closest parallel actually appears in the teaching of Jesus: "Give, and it will be given to you. . . . With the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Lk 6:38).
The principle is clear: we harvest in proportion to our planting--or, to use a contemporary maxim, "we get as good as we give." This applies as well to charitable giving--so much so that Paul takes eight verses to spell this out (9:8-15). But before doing so, in verse 7 he offers the Corinthians three guidelines for giving beyond what he has already listed in 8:11-15.
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