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"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."     2 Corinthians 9:7

 How do we decide how and what to give?  How do we hear what our heart is telling us?  How much time, how much service, how much treasure? How much prayer?

We can learn to be a cheerful giver by studying the greatest giver this world has ever known;  Jesus Christ.  Leaving behind the glory of His heavenly kingdom, He came to Earth and willingly gave His life so that we can keep ours.  As God predestined His children to be conformed to the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29), there can be no better way to emulate Jesus Christ than by giving selflessly the way He did.  Our Savior Himself told us. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).  Quite simply then, our greatest motivation for cheerful and generous giving should be that it pleases the Lord and reflects His gift of salvation to us.