January 11th – 2 Corinthians 8:7

2 Corinthians 8:7

In the days of Paul, the Jewish believers in Jerusalem were hurting. A famine had swept the land. Members of the church were disowned by their families, and taxes were levied against them by both Rome and the Jewish leaders. When the churches at Macedonia heard of their plight, even though they themselves were in deep poverty, they pleaded with Paul to let them help their brothers and sisters in Christ. From hearts filled with love for Jesus, and thankfulness for His saving grace, they were honored to show that same love and grace to others. And Paul calls us to do the same. Love isn’t only something we feel, love is also something we do. It isn’t enough just to have a desire to help others. Instead, we need to put that love into action, not only glorifying Him, but as proof of “the sincerity of your love” for the Lord. (vs. 8)