during a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.
I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability,
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,
and not just as we had hoped. Instead, they gave themselves especially to the Lord, then to us by God's will.
So we urged Titus that, just as he had begun, so he should also complete this grace to you.
Now as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-- excel also in this grace.