When we give financially for others

2 Corinthians Bible Background

09.16.2017 – New Testament: 2Co 8.13–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Corinthians 8 on September 16, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

When the Lord asks us to help one another financially, such as Paul addressed in Second Corinthians 8, that the Christians in Europe should help the Christians in Judea who suffered because of persecution, He did not mean for one group to so give that an imbalance happens,

For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack” (2 Corinthians 8.13–15). 

Therefore, we give, not to make others well-off and our selves poor, but that those who lack might be as we are.


  • Do you give every first day of the week into the church treasury?
  • What do you hope to see accomplished with your contributions?

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