The eighth chapter of Second Corinthians contains spiritual...

The eighth chapter of Second Corinthians contains spiritual guidance that, for my wife and me, has transformed our everyday experience, our home, and our work. Paul's message begins by admonishing us to be willing to turn completely to God for direction. He writes (II Cor. 8: 12-14): "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality."

My first inkling of how powerful this Bible teaching is came when my wife and I were trying to sell our small house in a depressed real estate market. Discouraged from weeks of inactivity, we telephoned a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. He suggested we study the passage quoted above, stressing that our house would exactly fill someone's need and that acknowledging, through prayer, God's government of human affairs would bring us a solution to our problem. Two days later we had two offers for the house, one of which turned out to meet precisely our needs as well as those of the other party.

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