Philippians 4:14-20 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:10-13 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and
sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And
the God of peace will be with you.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take
hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself
yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what
is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in
Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some
point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we
have already attained.
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask
you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of
the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model,
keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you
again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction,
their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus
Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform
our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you
whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things
to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those
mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who
boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for
such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have
more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew
of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for
righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for
the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I
may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the
law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis
of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in
his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection
from the dead.
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I
receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your
welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you
know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in
the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. 25 But I think it is necessary to
send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your
messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is
distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 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. 28 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. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,
30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you
yourselves could not give me.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in
very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human
likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to
death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him
the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then,
whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm
in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in
any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you
will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to
believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw
I had, and now hear that I still have.