Based on Philippians 2:19-30
Chapter 2 of the letter to the Philippians gives us a glimpse of a very caring and loving community of believers. In verses 19-24, Paul expresses his desire to send Timothy to Philippi since he would be a person who would care about the people and their troubles. It seems that out of the group that surrounds Paul at this time, Timothy is the only one who would truly care for that community.This idea was particularly important for Paul since the Community of Philippi was also a very loving and caring community.
The loving nature of the people of Philippi is made evident as Paul writes in his letter about a man named Epaphroditus; a man that according to Philippians Chapter 4:18 was sent by the people to bring gifts for Paul. As it turns out, Epaphroditus got mortally ill in his journey to see Paul. During his sickness, he longs for the people back home. It is obvious that he feels a little home sick but what is most interesting about this is that the people also seem very concerned about his well being. Paul in Chapter 2 verse 28 states that one of the main reasons for him to send Epaphroditus back to Philippi is so that the people there may rejoice in seeing him again.
I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
Paul continues to say that the people of Philippi should receive him with all joy for he was a man who had been willing to even pay the ultimate price for the work of God. This passage exalts the loving nature of the community. They took it upon themselves to send gifts to Paul when he was away. The community had also been sad and troubled about Epaphroditus being sick while being away. Can we claim our religious communities to be as loving as that of Philippi? If they are, To God be the Glory. Their loving and caring nature is something that we should replicate in the communities we live in. How do you think a community can become like that of Philippi? Is it easy to be like that in our times? And also can we personally resonate with Timothy in his caring nature?
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.