2 Corinthians 8 and 9 encourage us to give generously, and to do it with a cheerful heart. In these chapters Paul reminded the Corinthian churches of their promise to collect the offering for the needy believers in Judea by using the generosity of the Macedonian churches and the Lord Jesus Christ as examples. The Macedonia churches, despite being poor, gave joyfully. Similarly, Jesus “though He was rich, yet for your sakes became poor” (2 Cor 8:9). From these, we can see that not only does God love a cheerful giver, but His grace will always abound such that we will have sufficiency in all times to abound in good works (2 Cor 9:7-8).