Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts
How 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. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I 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. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you
have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
As 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. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t
say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
At the moment I have all I need and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a
sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And 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.
Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.