ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 239



PHILIPPIANS
This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ
Jesus, including the church leaders and deacons.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray,
I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners
in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard
it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within
you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when
Christ Jesus returns.
So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in
my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good
News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender
compassion of Christ Jesus.
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep
on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives
until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit
of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus
Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
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