Now concerning the ministry to the saints, it is unnecessary for me to write to you.
they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints,
at the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, that there may be equality.
As it has been written: The person who gathered much did not have too much, and the person who gathered little did not have too little.
But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus-- my brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need--
But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided-- a fragrant offering, a welcome sacrifice, pleasing to God.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers,
because I hear of your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.
[I pray] that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for [the glory of] Christ.
For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food,
and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it?
If anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother in need but shuts off his compassion from him-- how can God's love reside in him?