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But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.  (2Co 8:7 ESV)

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.  (2Co 8:8 ESV)

For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”  (2Co 8:13-15 ESV)

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The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  (2Co 9:6-7 ESV)




Biblical references are from the ASV version unless otherwise noted.
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