“I thank God every time I remember you” Philippians 1: 3 (NIV)
Paul was genuinely grateful for the people whom he encountered in his life. He cherished them and made sure that they knew about it. That is why in most of his letters we see this phrase about praying for others and remembering others’ good deeds.
When Paul was writing this, he was almost at the end of his ministry and in prison. He did not have much material achievements to cherish. Only thing he could find boasting about was the relationships God had given him with people through the apostolic ministry. He had earned many people through gospel.
When he remembered Philippian church and all their love, he was bubbling with joy and praising God for their lives.
God has given many people in our lives – Big or small, influential or normal. God expect us to cherish them in our lives. We should remember them and thank God for them.
We also need to remember the love of Philippians towards Paul. How much they warmed his heart. Are we living a life which bring smile to others? Will there be people who say “I thank God for you in my life and without you my life would not be enriched like this”?
Let us strive to remember who love us and cherish them.
Let us also live a life which would bring smile to others.