Generosity is not generous if it is contrived, or worse, forced. Communicating is two-way. Listening lovingly, caring trustfully, responding respectfully, and sharing understandingly and at the right time; that’s the stuff relationships are made of. Real generosity flows out of real relationship at the right time.

“Now I’m sending the brothers to make sure you’re ready, as I said you would be, so my bragging won’t turn out to be just so much hot air. If some Macedonians and I happened to drop in on you and found you weren’t prepared, we’d all be pretty red-faced—you and us—for acting so sure of ourselves. So to make sure there will be no slip up, I’ve recruited these brothers as an advance team to get you and your promised offering all ready before I get there. I want you to have all the time you need to make this offering in your own way. I don’t want anything forced or hurried at the last minute.”

2 Corinthians 9:3-5 MSG