Myth #5: “I Shouldn’t Give If I Can’t Give Cheerfully”

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This myth is mostly true–especially since God basically said the same thing in 2 Corinthians 9:7.  The myth part lies in how we use that verse.  The Apostle Paul tells us something specific about the character of God at the end of verse 7: he says God loves something.  That’s a pretty big deal when the Bible spells something out so clearly and explicitly.

What does God love?  A cheerful giver.

But what if I don’t give now, or I don’t give cheerfully?  Should I wait?  I think the opposite is true: the cure for not giving is giving.  Just like the cure for a fear of dogs is to be around dogs, you will never conquer your materialism by keeping it close.  You have to let it go.