How is gratitude expressed in Paul’s life?
- 10How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.
- 11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
- 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
- 13For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
- 14Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
- 15As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.16Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
- 18At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.
How does Paul describe their gifts?
- They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Paul closes his letter to the Philippians. Note what he says
- 20Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
- 21Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—
- all who belong to Christ Jesus.
- The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.
- 22And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
- 23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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