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Why Giving is Important
1I do not need to write to you any further about the ministry to the saints.
2For I know how willing you are, and I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, sayinga
that Achaia has been ready since last year, and your enthusiasm has stimulated most of them.
3Now I have sent the brothers so that our boasting about you in this matter may not prove to be an idle boast, and so that you may stand ready, just as I said.
4Otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find out that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—in this undertaking.
5Therefore, I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to visit you ahead of me, to make arrangements in advance for this gift you promised, and to have it ready as something given generously and not forced.
this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.
7Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.
8Besides, God is able to make every blessing of yours overflow for you, so that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work.
9As it is written,
“He scatters everywhere and gives to the poor;
his righteousness lasts forever.”c
10Now he who supplies seed to the farmer and bread to eat will also supply you with seed and multiply it and enlarge the harvest that results from your righteousness.
11In every way you will grow richer and become even more generous, and this will cause others to give thanks to God because of us,
12since this ministry you render is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, it is also overflowing with more and more prayers of thanksgiving to God.
13Because your service in giving proves your love,d
you will be glorifying God as you obey what your confession of the Messiah’se
since you are generous in sharing with them and with everyone else.
14And so in their prayers for you they will long for you because of God’s exceptional grace that was shown to you.
15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
a 9:2 The Gk. lacks saying
b 9:6 Lit. Now
c 9:9 Ps 112:9
d 9:13 The Gk. lacks your love
e 9:13 Or Christ’s
f 9:13 The Gk. lacks demands