I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
This Scripture is a part of Paul’s letter to Philippians. He greets them and then revealing how much love and care in Christ he has for them. He says that he thanks God when he remembers them and prays for them in every prayer. They were not his blood relatives or friends so that he may think of them and their needs to thank God and pray for them. They were just a group of believers who gather in the city of Philippi to worship God.
Paul might have visited them once or twice for sharing the word of God. He did not forget their love and support for him and the ministry of God. He considered them as his family members and prayed for them.
Because he knows that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their personal Savior will become His children and be a part of His family. This is what our God expects from all of us. We need to love our fellow people as our own family and care for them.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you
In the city of Philippi, Paul and his fellow servants of God were received with affection by a new believer named Lydia and her family (Acts 16:15). She opened her house for the servants of God. She entertained them with care. This hospitality from a believer would have encouraged them to work more for the glory of God while they were facing many persecutions in their journey.
Paul was thankful for their love and care in their missionary journey (Philippians 1:7,8). Whenever he thought of the people in Philippi, he could thank God for affectionate and caring people like her. There formed a Christly love and bondage among the children of God as a family of God. Those who accept and care for the servants of God are doing the same to the Heavenly Father and they will be blessed (Matthew 10:41).
Epaphorditus was a believer from the church of Philippi and he was sent as a representative of the church to Paul for God’s ministry. And he was very helpful for Paul in his ministry. Paul was thankful to God for their willingness to send a person from among them for the work of Christ and to suffer for Christ (Philippians 2:30). They were glad to be part of the sufferings of Paul for the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:5,7).
Enduring sufferings for Christ will make us reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12). Paul was thankful for the believers in Philippi because of their burden for the dying souls in the world. Having a burden for dying souls and going to spread the gospel to unknown people will earn and store up treasures in heaven.
Believers in Philippi were willing to share their riches in the distress of Paul and other servants of God for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. They were cheerful to help the Saints and Paul was thankful to God for the generosity of the Philippians (Philippians 4:14-18). Giving generously for the works of Christ will be pleasing before God and it will bring reward from God (Mark 9:41).
When Paul remembers the church in Philippi, he would not have forgotten the stripes and imprisonment for delivering a fortune-telling girl from demonic spirit (Acts 16:16-24). Paul should have been thankful to God for that tribulation and pain too. We need to thank God even in pain and tribulations as they will bring us more and more closer to God.
He might have remembered how God delivered them from the chains in the prison as they were praising God and how the jailer and his family were saved because of their exemplary action (Acts 16:26). He must have been thankful to God who allows trials and pains in the lives of those who love God to bring good for the glory of God (Romans 8:28).
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -I Thessalonians 5:18
Being thankful for everything will always be pleasing to God and will bring His compassion and love towards us. Giving thanks in times of trouble might be hard to do, but if we think of the blessings that are yet to come after that trouble, our hearts will automatically start to thank God in faith.
always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy
Paul was praying for the believers in Philippi in all of his prayers. He prayed to God for them with joy. This was because he believed that the God who hears his prayer will surely answer his requests for them. There would be no reason to doubt the power of the one to whom he was praying and to whom he had handed over the people saved through his message.
Paul prays for the growth of the love and care of the believers of the Church in Philippi so that it will do more and more great things for God as the love and care of Lydia and her family supported him in his ministry. He adds up in prayer that their love should abound with knowledge and discernment so that they won’t be deceived by false preachers who pretend to be true servants of God (Philippians 1:9,10).
Paul prays for their spiritual edification which in turn would help them to protect their holiness till the end and will make them stand before God without any blame or offense. He did not stop with sharing the gospel and bringing people to Christ. But he cares for the souls that were saved through him and pray for their Eternity too (Philippians 1:10).
He then prays for them to be filled with spiritual gifts and fruits of righteousness so that they bring praise and honor to the Holy Name of God. If they possess godly characters and reflect the love of Christ in them, God will be honored through their righteous deeds (Philippians 1:11). As the people of God are bought with the blood of Christ, their body and spirit should glorify God through their righteousness (1 Corinthians 6:20).