8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.
9For 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 become rich.
10And 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
11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one hasnot according to what one does not have.
13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between
14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.
15As it is written,
The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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