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Devotional - week of October 5, 2003


A CARING CHRISTIAN SPIRIT

… if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.    Philippians 2:17

Philippians 2:17-30 reveals a loving and caring spirit between Paul, Epaphroditus, Timothy, and the Philippian believers.

In our anchor verse, Paul reveals his love for the Philippian believers when he writes of his willingness to die for their growth in faith. Verses 19 and 25 express other concerns of Paul for the Philippians while verse 27 reveals his deep love for Epaphroditus.

In verse 20 Paul mentions Timothy’s genuine love for the Philippians. Timothy’s love for Paul is expressed in Verse 22.

The love of Epaphroditus for Paul is expressed in Verse 25 while his concern for the Philippians is revealed in verse 26.

Verse 25 expresses the love of the Philippians for Paul and verse 26 details their love for Epaphroditus.

Every believer and every church on earth could profit from a study of this passage. More importantly, every believer and every church would greatly benefit from possessing a love and concern for their fellow-believers as the passage shows.

Having knowledge of the Apostle Paul and his teaching, we know that this mutual love and concern had to be the result of all who were involved living out their union with Jesus.

Since in 1 Corinthians 4:17 Paul writes that he taught the “in Christ” message to every church, we can be sure that Timothy, Epaphroditus, and the Philippian believers had heard the “in Christ” truths time and again—and were living them.