Not that I’m looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity. And now I have it all—and keep getting more! The gifts you sent with Epaphroditus were more than enough, like a sweet-smelling sacrifice roasting on the altar, filling the air with fragrance, pleasing God no end.
Do you find it easier to give than receive? I’d rather be the “have” than the “have-not.” It has something to do with pride, ego, what will others think of me, . . . I’m learning. It didn’t bother Paul to be on the receiving end. He reveled in the gifts and said “thank you.” Philippians 4:17-18 (The Message)