And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
by: Grace Crouch.
In his closing words of this letter, it seems like Paul was heeding his own advice from verse 8. He was dwelling on the things that are worthy of praise in his brothers in Philippi—namely their gifts that supplied for his needs. I cannot think of a higher praise than to be told that my actions were “a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God” (v.18). Of utmost importance is to remember the attitude or posture of giving that the Philippians showed. While the gift was good, the heart of service was better.