How to generously offer grace, according to Paul

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The Apostle Paul has some profound advice on how to prove our sincerity to the cause of Christ.
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Busy week? Me too. LDSLiving is here to catch you up and get you ready for discussions on Sunday. Here’s a nugget of wisdom from this week’s Come, Follow Me study of 2 Corinthians 8–13.

Wait, who is Paul talking to again?

This is our last week studying Paul’s words to the Saints in Corinth. Between the first and second letters to the Corinthians, we got timeless sermons on the body of Christ, spiritual gifts, charity, trials vs. blessings, liberty, and more. Now his parting words reinforce how Christ himself treated people when He was on Earth, and how we need to act to follow His example. Paul tells the Saints:

Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
1 Cor. 8:11

The Corinthians have heard this call to action all before. From Paul, in fact—despite the title of the book being Second Corinthians this is understood to be the third letter Paul wrote to the same group of Saints. They know what they are supposed to do with their abundance. They know it is through the grace of God that we become rich in spirit.

So what are they supposed to do about it?

Well Paul has some advice on how to prove our sincerity to the cause we profess.

Be generous with grace

When we think of being generous we may think only of sharing material possessions, and that certainly is part of it. Paul even quotes from Exodus 16:18 that he “had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.” At the time the Saints needed to hear about the poverty of their neighbors and what they could do to help.

But we can also give of our abundance of grace in other ways too. Anytime we are slow to anger or quick to forgive our colleagues, family, or friends we are showing the grace that we have. First be willing to offer it, and then show what is in your heart.

So that was my takeaway this week. To hear more takeaways from other Latter-day Saints on this block of scripture, join our study group on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunday on Monday is a Come, Follow Me podcast hosted by Tammy Uzelac Hall that releases every Monday to guides you through the scripture readings for the week. This week covers 2 Corinthians 8–13. Our podcast guests this week were Tami Weaver & Becky Alder. You can listen to full episodes on Deseret Bookshelf Plus and find out more at ldsliving.com/sundayonmonday.

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