You are correct, this particular verse doesn't address other forms of giving, I simply pointed out those areas of giving which even the poor or totally broke are able to participate in. I don't know there is any verse speaking of cheerful non-givers, or of those who choose to sin in other ways unless we stretch the "pleasures of sin for a time" concept to cover cheerfulness in disobeying God. As we read in First Corinthians 13 even if we are doing this and that as we ought, if we are not doing it in love then it counts for nothing. Our cheerfulness in giving must come from a heart of love towards God. Most of us probably know of some who give only because they feel they have to, whether out of a sense of guilt or a duty they must perform, and they are miserable in their doing so. There are also some who give for the sake of recognition for their contributions, and there is no true cheerfulness there. Looking back at my own life there was a time when my giving was done because I felt I "had to", not because of my love for the Lord and desire to cheerfully give. Praise God the Lord led me to study out such matters and I learned the central aspect of giving isn't about money, it's about a heart joyfully surrendered to Christ. From that point on when it came to giving it wasn't a matter of, "Well God, here's Your money", it was more like, "Thank you Lord for allowing me to give back to you out of what You have provided to me and allowing me to play a part in expanding your kingdom".
Clearly there is a big difference between a "cheerful giver" and a "begrudging giving" or "only out of duty or guilt giver". That would seem to be what the verse is referring to. Scripture is clear we are called to be "givers"...to help needy brethren, to care for the widow and orphan, to help the poor, to spread the Gospel, etc. If one abides in the Word, doing as the Word says, they will have joy and be cheerful. If one refuses to abide by the Word their joy will be limited or lost along with their cheerfulness. There are many ways to cheerfully give, even if we have no money. We can cheerfully give our time, talents, prayers.
It's well known by most anyone who works in the system or who has had dealings within the system that corruption is rampant throughout. Every prosecutor and defense lawyer knows which agencies will provide them what they want; which experts will spin things their way; which judges are on the take and what their price is; which prosecutors and defense lawyers can be bought one way or another... One attorney I know loves it when elections for district attorneys come around because those already in office use their office to suddenly go after criminals to show they are "tough on crime" (even if that means spending huge amounts of money to track down and bring back people with piddly charges against them who otherwise would have never returned to the area). That means more business for defense attorneys and also means the jail gets filled, the court calendar gets filled, and the DA is willing to cut deals and make trades in order to have his way in a couple of bigger cases in exchange for giving breaks to the defense attorneys in other cases. Money and power are far more a factor than truth and justice.
Ungodly leaders, in whatever nation, are a burden to their people. What a prime example of the foolishness of man that we invent and declare democracy to be the saving form of government for every nation and the world yet voters so often vote into power the lost who serve their father the devil; not the people or God who is their only hope. Each leader thinks himself wise and strong, able to outwit and out move the other, yet centuries of history show just how easy and carelessly wars can happen...let alone how easy it is for leaders to bring about war while convincing the people it's the other sides fault.
I don't remember if they called it an ablation or not but they deadened a portion of my Dad's upper heart several years ago. They went through a vein in his leg, ran the thing from there up to his heart and deadened that portion. Other than his leg being a little sore where they went in, that was about it. That seemed to keep his heart steady until last year when he went into constant a-fib with his heart going up to around 210 and then dropping to in the 30s. They are trying a new pill to see if that will even his heart rhythm out but if that doesn't work they will have to put in a pacemaker. So far medicine has helped mine. My heart went crazy for a few months last year but after they doubled the dosage of one of my medicines it settled down.
Yes Rosie, and I will keep this in continual prayer as well. My Dad has dealt with heart issues since his early 40s and as he got older more was required. He's had stents put in, a portion of his heart deadened, and last year his heart went into persistent a-fib for which they are trying a medicine to even it out but if that doesn't work they are going to have to put in a pacemaker. One of my uncles had a quintiple (?; 5, whatever the word for that is) heart bypass. I've got a-fib. I can certainly understand praying for God's healing and not wanting to go through any more procedures. God bless and keep you Rosie.
Genesis 49:25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
It may seem dark at the moment, but don't lose hope. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, keep moving and you'll get there. God won't abandon you; let God be your light. It may take some time, but in the end, everything will be alright.
I actually take my new place on that Board in January. The old Board had their final meeting recently and the next meeting will seat the new members; of which I am one. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on this.