begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints—
References for 2 Corinthians 8:4
and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us,
so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you.
References for 2 Corinthians 8:6
Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you —so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
References for 2 Corinthians 8:7
I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.
For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
References for 2 Corinthians 8:9
And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—
now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
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.