When our fellow believers in Christ hit a pitfall — perhaps losing their job, losing a loved one, having a child out of wedlock, or battling alcoholism — it is not the time to grab some popcorn, criticize, and watch from the sidelines. And, no, simply ignoring them all together is not any better. We should wrap them in the warmth of Christ and see how we can help tend to their needs. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 4:14 — 16 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
At this point in the scriptures, Apostle Paul is writing the Philippians from prison. He has been incarcerated for spreading the gospel of the Lord, and he is taking time to thank the Philippians for looking out for him. The church at Philippi did not stand idly by as their spiritual mentor suffered persecution for preaching the Word of God. They took active measures to see about his needs by sending him some items of necessity. At the end of our key text, Paul also notes that this is not the first time that the Philippians have tended to his needs in the midst of hardship.
We, as believers, ought to take on the Philippian mentality. Knowing someone else in the body of believers cares about you means the world when you’re at a low point. Furthermore, we should treat others as we would like to be treated. I’m sure all of us have experienced a tough time in lives where we wished someone reached out a helping hand. It didn’t even have to be money. A simple “How are you doing? How are you holding up? I’m praying for you.” would have been just fine. Knowing this and the example of the Philippians, we should make spiritual support — not criticism or ostracism — the first order of business when others fall on hard times.
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