Paul trusted God, first and foremost; but he never despised genuine Christian fellowship.
Paul had experienced true partnership in the gospel. But these verses highlight some alarming contrasts with the ways many followers of Jesus think about mission partnership today.
Giving should be a normal part of Christian fellowship. However it can expose a minefield of motives, both for the giver and for the recipient.
It is God's nature to provide abundantly. Paul never felt neglected when he had little, but neither is he ungrateful now that his needs are met.
Will God look after His people? This verse says a big 'Yes'.
At the end of Paul's discussion about missionary giving and God's never-failing provision, he gives the glory to God.
Paul is positive to the end. Why shouldn't he be? He may be imprisoned far away from the church which had provided his greatest support, but he was not downcast.
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