Bible: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

Completing the Collection for the Saints

8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, 1  the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 8:2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth 2  of their generosity. 8:3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 3  8:4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping 4  the saints. 8:5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 8:6 Thus 5  we urged 6  Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, 7  so also he should complete this act of kindness 8  for you. 8:7 But as you excel 9  in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you 10 make sure that you excel 11  in this act of kindness 12  too.

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