9:1 Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you; 2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority. 3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready; 4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:“
He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
Karma is a principle. A word used to describe cause and effect in a person's life. Every choice will produce a reciprocal effect. If you are mean to someone eventually that will come back on you. If you are kind the same will come back to you sooner or later. Some Christians shy away or reject the word because it is often associated with eastern mysticism and/or new age beliefs. What we often fail to realize is that everything that is true has it's roots in God and we can use these universal truths to build bridges to people who have some truth but don't know Jesus, Who is the Truth. The principle of cause and effect is all through the Scriptures. When God presented the blessings and the curses to Israel it was simply a list of cause and effect. The Bible says if you cast your bread on the water, after many days you will find it again. Here Paul said that people who sow sparingly also reap sparingly and those who sow generously reap a bounty. What does he mean? You get what you give.
I meet a lot of lonely people but it is no mystery why they are lonely in many cases. They spent their lives self-absorbed. They didn't invest in others. Their circle was small and in the end it left them lonely.
When we lived in Cape Breton there was a family that had a house fire. They had no insurance. However the family was known and loved by many for their kindness and generosity. Guess what happened? The community rallied around them, materials and time were donated, in not long after the fire they had a brand new house that was better than what they lost and it cost them next to nothing. When Fort McMurray had their terrible forest fire last spring I was moved by the generosity of so many to come to their aid. I was proud of my church organization ADRA for taking such a large and active role. I was proud of my local churches for their immediate willingness to provide help and supplies and the entire city of Grande Prairie for being so ready to give.
If you want mercy, be merciful. If you want kindness, be kind. If you want forgiveness be forgiving. If you hope others will help you in your time of need, help others when the opportunities present themselves. There is a joy in serving others you won't find anywhere else. We were designed to serve, to give, to share, to love. True happiness is found in these things. God loves a cheerful giver because He loves our happiness. :)