Out of love for Christ, the Corinthians gave to their fellow Christians in need.

BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

2 Corinthians 8:1–12 (Listen)

Encouragement to Give Generously

8:1 We want you to know, brothers,1 about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor2 of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you3—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

Footnotes

[1] 8:1 Or brothers and sisters

[2] 8:4 The Greek word charis can mean favor or grace or thanks, depending on the context

[3] 8:7 Some manuscripts in your love for us

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 8

     1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

     7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 442:
Lord of Glory, Who Has Bought Us

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice; 
And with that hast freely given 
Blessings countless as the sand 
To the unthankful and the evil 
With Thine own unsparing hand; 

2. Grant us hearts, dear Lord, to yield Thee 
Gladly, freely, of Thine own; 
With the sunshine of Thy goodness 
Melt our thankless hearts of stone 
Till our cold and selfish natures, 
Warmed by Thee, at length believe 
That more happy and more blessed 
‘Tis to give than to receive. 

3. Wondrous honor hast Thou given 
To our humblest charity 
In Thine own mysterious sentence, 
“Ye have done it unto Me.” 
Can it be, O gracious Master, 
Thou dost deign for alms to sue, 
Saying by Thy poor and needy, 
“Give as I have given to you”? 

4. Yes, the sorrow and the sufferings 
Which on every hand we see 
Channels are for tithes and offerings 
Due by solemn right to Thee; 
Right of which we may not rob Thee, 
Debt we may not choose but pay, 
Lest that face of love and pity 
Turn from us another day. 

5. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice, 
Give us faith to trust Thee boldly, 
Hope, to stay our souls on Thee; 
But, oh! best of all Thy graces, 
Give us Thine own charity. 


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