God Will Provide
In a way these closing verses could be looked upon as a thank- you-note. The Apostle Paul has received a gift from these believers and Paul is now writing to thank them. That's why he says in verse 14 ''not withstanding you have well done.'' (You have done a beautiful thing) Paul understood the importance of the attitude of gratitude. We are to be grateful unto God and thankful to God for what He does for us.
But we are also to be grateful and thankful to others for what they do.
Some of you girls may be getting ready to marry and you will send out invitations. Perhaps people will send you gifts. You need to get some thank you notes and when they send you a gift you write a thank-you-note and let them know you are thankful. It is always good for us to show our appreciation when people are kind enough to give us something.
Really what Paul is doing is sitting down here and writing out a thank- you-note for the gift he has received.
You could also look upon these verses as a kind of receipt. He says in verse 18 - ''I have all, ...I am full.'' The terminology there is taken from the commercial world and Paul is saying I'm writing a receipt. I have received in full everything that you have sent to me.
That' another very important lessons. The importance of keeping careful records about the matter of giving and receiving. One of the reasons we use offering envelopes here is because when Internal Revenue starts checking on your return and if you do not have a record of that gift here at church, they are not going to account that to you. It's very important that you learn the matter of keeping records and receiving in full for giving and receiving.
Paul is just really acknowledging the gift they have given to him, but in the midst of it all we have a beautiful lesson here about how God meets the needs of the lives of his people. All of us in this building today have needs. All of us are a bundle of ne ...
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