1 Next, brothers, we will tell you of the grace of God which has been granted to the churches of Macedonia,
Acts 16:9 1Cor 15:10 1Thess 4:10 Acts 11:23 Col 1:29 1Thess 1:7-8 2Cor 8:2-7
2 and how, throughout continual ordeals of hardship, their unfailing joy and their intense poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
Jas 2:5 Rev 2:9 1Thess 1:6 1Thess 2:14 1Thess 3:3-4 2Cor 1:12 2Cor 6:10
3 I can testify that it was of their own accord that they made their gift, which was not merely as far as their resources would allow, but well beyond their resources;
Exod 35:29 1Chr 29:5-6 1Chr 29:9 1Cor 16:2 Exod 35:5 Exod 35:21-22 Phlm 1:14
4 and they had kept imploring us most insistently for the privilege of a share in the fellowship of service to God's holy people-
Acts 24:17 1Cor 16:3-4 2Cor 9:1 Rom 15:25-26 1Cor 16:1 1Cor 16:15 1John 3:16-18
5 it was not something that we expected of them, but it began by their offering themselves to the Lord and to us at the prompting of the will of God.
2Cor 8:1 Rom 12:1 1Chr 12:18 1Cor 6:19-20 1Sam 1:28 2Chr 30:8 2Chr 30:12
6 In the end we urged Titus, since he had already made a beginning, also to bring this work of generosity to completion among you.
2Cor 12:18 2Cor 8:4 2Cor 8:16-17 2Cor 8:19 2Cor 9:5 Phil 4:18 1Pet 4:10
7 More, as you are rich in everything-faith, eloquence, understanding, concern for everything, and love for us too -- then make sure that you excel in this work of generosity too.
2Pet 1:5-8 1Cor 8:1-2 2Cor 9:8 2Thess 1:3 Phil 1:9 1Cor 1:5 1Cor 12:13
8 I am not saying this as an order, but testing the genuineness of your love against the concern of others.
1Cor 7:6 1John 3:17-19 2Cor 6:6 2Cor 9:7 Heb 10:24 Jas 2:14-16 1Cor 7:12
9 You are well aware of the generosity which our Lord Jesus Christ had, that, although he was rich, he became poor for your sake, so that you should become rich through his poverty.
Rom 8:32 Matt 20:28 John 1:14 Rom 5:8 Phil 2:6-8 Eph 3:8 2Cor 6:10
10 I will give you my considered opinion in the matter; this will be the right course for you as you were the first, a year ago, not only to take any action but also even to conceive the project.
2Cor 9:2 1Cor 7:25 1Cor 7:40 1Tim 6:18-19 Heb 13:16 Prov 19:17 1Cor 16:2
11 Now, then, complete the action as well, so that the fulfilment may -- so far as your resources permit -- be proportionate to your enthusiasm for the project.
12 As long as the enthusiasm is there, the basis on which it is acceptable is what someone has, not what someone does not have.
2Cor 9:7 Mark 12:42-44 Luke 16:10 Luke 21:1-4 1Chr 29:3-18 1Pet 4:10 2Chr 6:8
13 It is not that you ought to relieve other people's needs and leave yourselves in hardship; but there should be a fair balance-
Acts 4:34 Rom 15:26-27
14 your surplus at present may fill their deficit, and another time their surplus may fill your deficit. So there may be a fair balance;
2Cor 9:12 Acts 4:34
15 as scripture says: No one who had collected more had too much, no one who collected less had too little.
Exod 16:18 Luke 22:35
16 Thank God for putting into Titus' heart the same sincere concern for you.
Rev 17:17 2Cor 2:13-14 2Cor 7:7 2Cor 7:12 Col 3:17 Ezra 7:27 Jer 31:31
17 He certainly took our urging to heart; but greater still was his own enthusiasm, and he went off to you of his own accord.
2Cor 8:6 2Cor 8:8 2Cor 8:10 Heb 13:22
18 We have sent with him the brother who is praised as an evangelist in all the churches
2Cor 12:18 1Cor 7:17 2Cor 2:12 2Cor 8:19 2Cor 8:22-23 Rom 16:4
19 and who, what is more, was elected by the churches to be our travelling companion in this work of generosity, a work to be administered by us for the glory of the Lord and our complete satisfaction.
1Cor 16:3-4 2Cor 4:15 1Pet 4:10-11 2Cor 8:1-4 2Cor 8:6-7 2Cor 9:8 2Cor 9:12-14
20 We arranged it this way so that no one should be able to make any accusation against us about this large sum we are administering.
1Cor 16:3 1Thess 5:22 2Cor 11:12 Eph 5:15 Matt 10:16 Rom 14:16
21 And so we have been careful to do right not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of people.
1Pet 2:12 Rom 12:17 Phil 4:8 1Thess 5:22 1Tim 5:14 2Cor 2:17 Rom 14:18
22 Along with these, we have sent a brother of ours whose eagerness we have tested over and over again in many ways and who is now all the more eager because he has so much faith in you.
23 If Titus is in question -- he is my own partner and fellow-worker in your interests; and if our brothers -- they are the emissaries of the churches and the glory of Christ.
Phil 2:25 Phlm 1:17 2Cor 8:6 1Thess 2:2 2Cor 7:6 2Cor 8:16 2Cor 8:19
24 So then, in full view of all the churches, give proof that you love them, and that we were right to boast of you to them.
2Cor 7:14 2Cor 7:4 2Cor 8:8 2Cor 9:2-4