2 Corinthians 8:7 in the NIV says:
"But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving."
Sometimes it is helpful to see how the scholar Eugene Peterson, author of The Message renders a passage, striving to retain its orginal intent and tone to its audients. Read this same passage below.
"This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things—you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too."
2 Corinthians 8:7 (the Message)
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