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So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving.

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18 When I urged Titus to visit you and sent our other brother with him, did Titus take advantage of you? No! For we have the same spirit and walk in each other’s steps, doing things the same way.

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19 He was appointed by the churches to accompany us as we take the offering to Jerusalem[a]—a service that glorifies the Lord and shows our eagerness to help.

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Footnotes

  1. 8:19 See 1 Cor 16:3-4.

They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 8:4 Greek for God’s holy people.

Titus and His Companions

16 But thank God! He has given Titus the same enthusiasm for you that I have. 17 Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you.

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10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

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18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

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So I thought I should send these brothers ahead of me to make sure the gift you promised is ready. But I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly.

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