Philippians 4:10
Now I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
Sermons
How to Say 'thank You'Alexander MaclarenPhilippians 4:10
The Secret of ContentmentT. Croskery Philippians 4:10-13
Man in Model AspectsD. Thomas Philippians 4:10-17
A Grateful HeartJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 4:10-20
Hearing and DoingBiblical TreasuryPhilippians 4:10-20
Hesitation DestructiveJ. Denton.Philippians 4:10-20
Importance of OpportunityPhilippians 4:10-20
Paul Thanks the Philippians for Their ContributionR. Finlayson Philippians 4:10-20
Paul's GratitudeJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 4:10-20
Philippian Charity and Pauline DelicacyDean Vaughan.Philippians 4:10-20
The Art of Divine ContentmentR.M. Edgar Philippians 4:10-23
The apostle now turns to his personal relations with the Philippians, and commends them for their considerate and timely liberality in the times of his distress.

I. THE APOSTLE'S JOY IN THEIR LIBERALITY. "But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that at length ye retired your interest in me; in which, indeed, ye did interest yourselves, but ye had no opportunity."

1. There never was a man who more keenly appreciated Christian kindness than the apostle. Self-reliant and jealously independent as he was, his happiness was greatly increased by the thoughtful generosity of his converts. It was in no degree diminished by the fact that his friends had no opportunity of helping him, perhaps because he was far beyond their reach in the sweep of his missionary journeys.

2. Their kindness inspired him with a holy joy. Not because it was in answer to prayer for timely help, but because it typified the true grace of God in his converts. Their liberality was an evidence at once of their personal interest in him and of their Christian standing in the Lord.

II. THE APOSTLE'S CONTENTED SPIRIT. "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, I know also how to abound. In everything and in all circumstances I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

1. What a checkered experience was that of the apostle! He had experience of want and of fullness in his wanderings as an apostle. He was no stranger to hunger.

2. What a happy spirit for such a life! He was content with such things as he had. The poet says -

"Art thou poor?
Yet hast thou golden slumbers, O sweet Content." There is no passage in any writer which depicts a more expansive, a more positively exalted attitude of mind than he describes in this passage as the virtue of content. It is that condition of mind in which nothing can foil the energy of the spirit. It is the quality which, having evoked generosity in others, flows forth in gratitude for that generosity; which, having failed to evoke generosity, manifests itself in submission to disappointment and in patient trust for the future germination of the seed sown.

III. THE TRUE SECRET OF CONTENTMENT. "I can do all things in him that infuses strength into me." This language implies that there is a Divine spring of help in all conditions.

1. Consider the extent of a Christian's ability.

(1) He is able to undergo every trial.

(2) To brave every sort of suffering.

(3) To overcome every variety of temptation.

(4) To perform every duty.

2. Consider the source of the Christian's strength. "In him." By virtue of our vital union with Christ we have access to the true Source of strength. Christ infuses strength into us:

(1) By his teaching.

(2) By his examinee of holy patience and forbearance.

(3) By the moral influence of his death as a reed sacrifice for sin.

(4) By the abundant bestowed of his Holy Spirit.

Thus the believer becomes "strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."

IV. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE APOSTLE'S STATEMENT.

(1) It was at once a declaration of experiences and

(2) an expression of gratitude. - T.C.







But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly
I. HE ACKNOWLEDGES THE GIFT — rejoicing in the spirit that prompted it; expressing his contentment and confidence in God; confessing the seasonable nature of the supply.

II. HE COMMENDS THE GIVERS for their special and repeated generosity; exemplification of the spirit of Christianity; acceptable sacrifice to God.

III. HE ASSURES THEM OF AN ABUNDANT RECOMPENSE. God is rich; will supply all their need; by Christ Jesus.

(J. Lyth, D. D.)

I.SEES GOD IN EVERY BENEVOLENT ACTION.

II.REJOICES IN THE SPIRIT THAT DICTATES IT.

III.PUTS THE HIGHEST VALUE ON THE GIFT.

(J. Lyth, D. D.)

They had revived, he says, or more exactly — for the figure is taken from the beautiful burst of spring — they had, like a tree long bare and frost bound, put forth new sprouts and shoots under the genial influence of God's rain and sun shine; they had thus sprouted and germinated afresh, after a season of apparent deadness, in their care or thought for him. But no sooner has he written the word than he feels, with that quickness and delicacy of perception which is one of the great charms of his character, that the expression may seem to involve a reproach for the lateness or tardiness of their offering; and therefore he adds instantly, that he knows that they had all along been thinking and caring for him, and had only wanted the opportunity of actually showing and proving it. For this he rejoiced in the Lord. Their kindness had given him a pleasure, not as a man only, but as a Christian. And he goes on to tell them why.

(Dean Vaughan.)

Biblical Treasury.
A brief and simple, but very expressive, eulogy was pronounced by Martin Luther upon a pastor at Zwickaw, in 1522, named Nicholas Hausman. "What we preach," said the great reformer, "He lives." A good woman who had been to the house of God was met on her way home by a friend, who asked her if the sermon was done. "No," she replied, "it is all said; it has got to be done."

(Biblical Treasury.)

Opportunity is like a favouring breeze springing up around a sailing vessel. If the sails be all set, the ship is wafted onward to its port; if the sailors are asleep or ashore, the breeze may die again, and when they would go on they cannot: their vessel stands as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.

The beautiful drosera, or sun dew, lifts its tiny crimson head. The delicate buds are clustered in a raceme, to the summit of which they climb one by one. The topmost bud waits only through twelve hours of a single day to open. If the sun do not shine it withers and droops, and gives way to the next aspirant. So it is with the human heart and its purposes. One by one they come to the point of blossoming. If the warmth of confidence and hope glow in the heart at the right moment, all is well; but the chill of hesitation or delay will wither them at the core.

(J. Denton.)

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