Phillipians 2: 19 – 30
Here we see a portrait of the love and care we should have for each other in general, and for those working at the front line of spreading the gospel, in particular.
Paul expresses his anxiety in knowing that the church in Phillipi is distressed to hear Epaphroditus was ill. News travelled slowly in those days and for all the church knew Epaphroditus may be dead. Epaphroditus himself was missing his church family and suffering sickness that almost killed him for the sake of going on a journey to support Paul. It’s a story of love and care.
Paul cared enough to take on the concern that the Phillipian church had cared for him in sending a gift via Epaphroditus. He cared for Epaphroditus and his illness and his distress at being away from his friends. He also cared for the Phillipian church and their distress for Epaphroditus. Finally he cared for the church enough to tell them that not only would he send Timothy to care for them, but he was looking forward to hearing back from Timothy so that he (Paul) may be cheered up by some good news.
It sounds like a loving and caring community of believers, doesn’t it? Is our own lifestyle so different and busy that we take our fellow church members for granted? Or is our church so large that it is impossible for us to share this type of concern for each other? If so, then let us pray that the Holy Spirit will prompt us to make some changes.