Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
2 Corinthians 8:10
Now here is my advice on what is best to do in this matter: Since you were the first ones to begin [taking up a collection] a year ago, [now you should] not only be doing something [about it], but [you should continue] wanting to do something [as well].
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each person should give what he has decided to in his heart, not grudgingly, nor out of a feeling that he has to, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Corinthians 7:6
But I am telling you this by way of [granting you] permission and not as a command.
2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the favor God has given to the churches in Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 9:2
For I know how eager you [already] are, and I have boasted about you to the Macedonians, that Achaia [Note: This was the southernmost province of Greece, where Corinth was located] has been prepared [to give] since last year. And your enthusiasm has stirred up most of them [to give also].
Now if the Jews sinning meant blessings for [the rest of] the world, and their [spiritual] defection meant blessings for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness [also produce blessings]! [Note: "Fullness" here may mean either a large or the complete number of Jews who will be saved, or become completely obedient to God].
And we should consider how we can stir up one another to love [more] and to perform good deeds.
2 Corinthians 8:24
[So], demonstrate in front of the churches evidence of your love [for them] and our reason for boasting about you.
2 Corinthians 6:6
[We have ministered] with purity, knowledge, patience and kindness. [We have done this] by [the power of] the Holy Spirit; out of genuine love;
Let [your] love be sincere. Hate whatever is evil. Cling to whatever is good.
But [instead], we should speak [and practice] truth in a loving way, so that we can, in all respects, grow up [spiritually] into [union with] Christ, who is the head [i.e., of His body, the church].
What good is it, my brothers [and sisters], if a person says he has faith but does not have [good] deeds? Can such faith save him?
1 Peter 1:22
[Since] you have purified your souls by [your] obedience to the truth [i.e., the Gospel message], which produces a genuine love for your brothers, [now] you should have this kind of fervent, heartfelt love for one another.
1 John 3:17
Now whoever has [a sufficient amount of] life's possessions and [then] observes one of his [Christian] brothers who does not have enough to get by on, but does not feel sorry for him [i.e., enough to help him out], surely a love for God does not continue to live in that person's heart.