grace can create true character in giving


God’s grace is the only thing that can create true character in giving. God loves a “whatever it takes” giving attitude and only God’s grace can elevate us to this. Take some time to read 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 which are on the topic of giving offerings and grace giving.


When God’s grace infuses and impacts our giving, it will be characterized by these gracious attitudes:


  1. JOY – 2 Cor. 8:2, They were delighted and glad to give.


  1. GENEROSITY – 2 Cor. 8:2, They were generous, unselfish, not penny‑ pinching tightwads; not just enough but ample.


  1. SACRIFICE 2 Cor. 8:2, 3 – They gave beyond what they were expected or anyone thought possible.


  1. EAGERNESS 2 Cor. 8:4, 7, 8 – They pleaded for the chance to give. They didn’t need to be begged.


  1. PERSEVERANCE 2 Cor. 8:10 ‑12 They made a commitment to give a year prior and persevered and followed through with their commitment.


  1. WILLINGNESS 2 Cor. 8:12; 9:2 – They acted of their own accord. It was their own heart prompting and initiating them.


  1. INTEGRITY 2 Cor. 8:20, 21 – The leadership wanted to handle the money with openness and accountability.


  1. CHEERFULNESS 2 Cor. 9:7 – It means to give with readiness of mind and a promptness to do anything, as well as hi­lari­ous “happy to.” It means to be favorably inclined or disposed to do something.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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