“Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.”
The verse before this one is one of the great one-liners in all of Holy Scripture. Millions of believers can whip it out like a six-shooter at a gun fight.
And yet at the moment 4:14 speaks louder to me.
It is about what we can do for each other, and perhaps in some sense it makes real the previous verse about what Christ can do for us. After all, He did say that we should love one another — and love is a verb. It means far more than a nice, warm feeling. It means actively sharing in another’s troubles — empathizing yes, but tangibly sharing resources as well. Paul was after all thanking the Philippians for sending money
Sometimes Christ strengthens us thru the loving actions of others — the active generosity of other people. But sometimes we just need to reach out and say, “Hey, I was thinkin’ about you today. So howya doin’?”