6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
1 And is it so? A gift from me Dost thou, dear Lord, request? Then speak thy will, whate’er it be: Obeying, I am blest.
Refrain: I have not much to give thee, Lord, For that great love which made thee mine: I have not much to give thee, Lord, But all I have is thine.
2 And dost thou ask a gift from me: The talents I possess? Such as I have I give to thee That others I may bless.
3 And dost thou ask a gift from me: The gift of passing time? My hours I’ll give, not grudgingly, I feel by right they’re thine.
4 And dost thou ask a gift from me: A loving, faithful heart? ‘Tis thine, for thou on Calvary For me with all didst part.