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But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. (Philippians 4:10-11)
This passage is sometimes misunderstood because of how it sounds in English. When he says “at last”, he doesn’t mean they’ve been remiss in their offerings. In fact, in verse eleven he starts to explain that that’s not what he means. The Greek should be combined with “now” to mean something like now, as formerly. Or maybe now again.
In any case, he is praising their gift. Now, the Philippian church was a very poor church. Giving anything required sacrifice on their part. And, Paul knows this. But, they did send a gift, and that has touched Paul’s heart deeply.
Have you ever been given an unexpected gift, and were stuck for words as to how to respond? Paul is kind of like that now. He’s very grateful.
But, this is even more so like that, because they really couldn’t afford it.
We should always be grateful whenever someone gives a gift to us. Giving is a good thing! And so is receiving.
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