Never Forget Those Who Helped You

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"Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my
God." Php 1:3 NLT
Paul often acknowledged those who helped him.
"Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God...
for you have been my partners in spreading the
Good News" (vv. 3, 5 NLT). "You Philippians were
the only ones who gave me financial help…No other
church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica
you sent help more than once. I don't say this
because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to
receive a reward for your kindness" (Php 4:15-17
NLT). He writes to the believers in Thessalonica:
"We can't help but thank God for you, because your
faith is flourishing and your love for one another is
growing. We proudly tell God's other churches
about your endurance and faithfulness in all the
persecutions and hardships you are suffering" (2Th
1:3-4 NLT). Author Barbara Glanz tells about a
gentleman who remembered his eighth-grade
literature teacher. He wrote to her and received this
reply: "You will never know how much your letter
meant. I'm 83 years old, and……living all alone. My
friends are all gone. My family's gone. I taught
school 50 years and yours is the first 'thank you'
letter I have ever gotten from a student. Sometimes
I wonder what I did with my life. I will read and
reread your letter until the day I die." Ironically, she
was the teacher students talked most about at class
reunions, but nobody ever told her. Showing
appreciation costs so little in terms of time and
money, but it can mean the world to somebody. So
today, who do you need to express your
appreciation to?

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