2 Corinthians 9:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV: "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV: "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."

2 Corinthians 9:8, KJV: "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"

2 Corinthians 9:8, NASB: "And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;"

2 Corinthians 9:8, NLT: "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others."

2 Corinthians 9:8, CSB: "And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work."

What does 2 Corinthians 9:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Why would someone be hesitant to give to meet the needs of others? One reasonable concern might be fear that we won't have enough left over to meet our own needs. In this way, giving for Christians becomes an act of faith, trusting God to meet our needs while becoming the method by which He meets the needs of others.

Christians can afford to trust the God who loves us. He has already proven Himself faithful by giving us His grace through our faith in Jesus. He has given us all things forever in Christ. That knowledge should help Christians to be convinced He can be counted on to continue to make all grace abound to us. He will make it so we have "enough" of all things at all times so we can accomplish the good works He wants to see from us.

Christians who give generously are convinced that the source of their provision will not run out—because that source is God Himself!