Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians that “we reap what we sow.” That is, when we give generously, we shall also receive generously back from God. In the next verse, Paul continues by laying down three guidelines for the Corinthians to follow in deciding how much to give:
Essentially, Paul calls upon us to give freely and voluntarily and cheerfully.
In verse 8, Paul continues, “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” In this verse, Paul reassures the Corinthians that they should not fear making a gift for the poor in Jerusalem because God’s grace will surround and support them. That is, God will move within their lives to insure that they have adequate resources in order to share abundantly in the “good work” of helping the poor.