2 Corinthians 8:1-24, NLT
2 Corinthians 8
A Call to Generous Giving
1Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,*8:1 Greek brothers. what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia.
3For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.
6So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving.
8I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.
9You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
10Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it.
“Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,
and those who gathered only a little had enough.”*8:15 Exod 16:18.
Titus and His Companions
16But thank God! He has given Titus the same enthusiasm for you that I have.
20We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift.
22We are also sending with them another of our brothers who has proven himself many times and has shown on many occasions how eager he is. He is now even more enthusiastic because of his great confidence in you.