Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~2 Corinthians 9:7
The Message renders this verse: “…take plenty of time to think it over and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” We often hear the part about giving cheerfully, but what about the giving wisely? As good stewards of what we have been given, we are instructed to engage our minds and not just our emotions in decisions about where God would have us share a portion of our earnings or possessions. We can’t lose when we do the things that please God.
~30 Day Prayer Guide, Shared Hope International