Bible: 2 Corinthians 8:5-15

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 1  we urged 2  Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, 3  so also he should complete this act of kindness 4  for you. 8:7 But as you excel 5  in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you 6 make sure that you excel 7  in this act of kindness 8  too. 8:8 I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. 9  8:9 For you know the grace 10  of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich. 8:10 So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you 11  made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, 8:11 to finish what you started, 12  so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, 13  you can also complete it 14  according to your means. 15  8:12 For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself 16  is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. 8:13 For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. 8:14 At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, 17  so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, 8:15 as it is written: “The one who gathered 18  much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” 19 

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