For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have.
I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between
your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.
As it is written, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little."
But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same eagerness for you that I myself have.
For he not only accepted our appeal, but since he is more eager than ever, he is going to you of his own accord.
With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his proclaiming the good news; a19
and not only that, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us while we are administering this generous undertaking b for the glory of the Lord himself c and to show our goodwill.
We intend that no one should blame us about this generous gift that we are administering,
for we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of others.
And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found eager in many matters, but who is now more eager than ever because of his great confidence in you.
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