The apostle Paul is writing to these Corinthians about generosity. Paul does not want to command generosity from the Corinthians because if one is commanded to be generous then you are actually not generous. Generosity comes from the heart, not from command. So rather than command the necessity to be generous as Christians, Paul has first described the example of generosity from the Macedonian Christians. In spite of the severe test of affliction they were experiencing as well as their extreme poverty, the Christians in Macedonia begged for the joy and grace of giving to the needy Christians in Jerusalem. The apostle Paul further drew their attention to the example of Christ, who for our sakes became poor so that we could be rich in him. In 2 Corinthians 9 he continues to call for these Christians to encourage generosity in these Christians by teaching them important principles about giving.
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