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August 1, 2016



2 Corinthians 8:8


I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.





Paul cited the example of Jesus Christ’s gift of Himself for needy humanity, to further motivate his readers to finish their work of assembling the collection. Paul wanted his readers to understand that he did not want them to take the following exhortation incorrectly. It was not an apostolic “command,” since obedience to a command is an inferior motive for giving to others. Rather, he hoped that the good example (“as proving through the earnestness”) “of others” would motivate them.

As Paul talks to the Corinthian church he gives some awesome advice about how to get the job done in the most important work of life the church. Christ’s humility, displayed in the incarnation, is an example for us as his disciples. You can’t out give God. He’s way ahead of everyone but he’s wanting us to share in his likeness and experience the fullness of grace.


Memory Verse: 1 John 3:18

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