2 Corinthians 8
-Chapter 8 extols the virtues of love and generosity using the examples of the Macedonians, Titus, and another unnamed famous preaching brother. They had given out of their deep desire for their fellow brothers in a time of need in accordance to their blessings in fairness, not as a burden (2 Corinthians 8:13). *Application* Paul’s point in this section is that we all should know and apply the grace of Christ Jesus. He was rich with everything in His Heavenly realm, yet for our sakes He became poor by coming to this depraved earth and actually dying for sinful man. This makes us rich with fulfillment and eternal life (2 Corinthians 8:9). There must be a giving spirit among us as believers. We are to be relief givers in a variety of ways as we perceive the needs of others. Be earnest (enthusiastic, eager, diligent, with zeal) and genuine (real, authentic) in your giving just as Christ was for us (2 Corinthians 8:8). As you begin a gracious work, make sure to complete it in your life according to your God given ability, not as a burden (2 Corinthians 8:12). Do what is honorable. God has made you ready, willing, and able!
Verse to Memorize- 2 Corinthians 8:9