“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me. “
Today, the Spirit keeps me in silence. Reading and meditating on the above verses, two things touch my heart: How human Paul was, even if we have that impression of him being taught and too bold. No matter how he was, the point is that he had a great love and a great heart for the fellow believers. We can see his appreciation to all those people who stand for him.
The second important person here is Epaphroditus who risked his life to support and assist Paul. The Lord said that there is no bigger love than to give one’s life for his friend.
This is what I wish to remember today and think about it, meditate and check myself. Will I ever risk my life for my friends, for my faith, for what it true and right?
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