7 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.
8 I do not say
this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love
against the earnestness of others.
9 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
10 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
11 now finish
doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it
according to your means.
12 For if the
eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one
has -- not according to what one does not have.
13 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
14 your present
abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your
need, in order that there may be a fair balance.
15 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.’