The Giver: Doing what is Right

2 Corinthians 8:16-24, “16I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. 17For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. 18And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. 19What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help. 20We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. 21For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

[You would think that a church wouldn’t mind Paul and company carrying the money as they went along and giving out as they see fit, but it turns out that they’re being rather cautious, going so far as to have another handle the purse. It is just as important to them to do what is right in God’s sight and in man’s sight. I don’t think you’d ever catch them locking themselves into a tower until they had enough money donated to them to buy a hospital. I like Titus’ attitude, even though you’ve asked me to go – I had the idea that I wanted to go and see how they were doing – so I’d be glad to do it.]

22In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you. 23As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ. 24Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the churches can see it.”

[I really don’t know what to comment about these verses, but I like the tone of Paul’s challenge in the last one.]


...Anyway, that's just how I feel about it ... What do you think?

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