Read: Philippians 2:25-29

Since we have one heavenly Father, Jesus’s followers consider each other brothers and sisters. This is especially clear in the letters of his first followers.

Lord Jesus, I want my relationships to be deeper, more loving, and more focused on you. Would you provide for me in this area?

Read (Philippians 2:25–29)
The apostle Paul writes a letter of encouragement to a church community.

What emotions do you sense in this passage? What are some of the words the writer (Paul) uses to describe Epaphroditus? How would you characterize the relationships between Paul, Epaphroditus, and the community of people receiving this letter?

Many church communities try to imitate Paul and the first Christians by developing deep, vulnerable and self-sacrificing relationships. That’s never easy, but it’s one of the most important ways that God cares for his people. Are you a part of a local church? If so, how can you serve the people there? If not, ask God to show you how he wants you to move forward in this area.

We would like to thank American Bible Society for providing this plan.