It is not that relief for others should cause trouble for you, but that there should be a kind of reciprocity:
at present your abundance can help those in need; so that when you are in need, their abundance can help you - thus there is reciprocity.
It is as the Tanakh says, "He who gathered much had nothing extra, and he who gathered little had nothing lacking."
Now I thank God for making Titus as devoted to you as we are;
for he not only responded to our urging, but, being so devoted, he is coming to you on his own initiative.
And with him we are sending the brother whose work for the Good News is praised in all the congregations;
not only that, he has also been appointed by the congregations to travel with us, so that the way we administer this charitable work will bring honor to the Lord and show our eagerness to help.
Our aim in this is to show that our conduct in dealing with these substantial sums is above reproach;
for we take pains to do what is right not only in the sight of God but also in the sight of other people. i
With these two we are sending another brother of ours, one whose diligence we have tested many times in many ways, but who is now all the more diligent because of his great confidence in you.
As for Titus, he is my partner who works with me on your behalf; and the other brothers with him are emissaries of the congregations and bring honor to the Messiah.
So the love you show these men will justify our pride in you to them, and through them to the congregations that sent them.