"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.
"Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
"For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.
But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.