I think it is also necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. He is my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier; and he is your representative who serves my needs. He misses you all, and he was upset because you heard he was sick. In fact, he was so sick that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him—and not just on him but also on me, because his death would have caused me great sorrow. Therefore, I am sending him immediately so that when you see him again you can be glad and I won’t worry. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy and show great respect for people like him. He risked his life and almost died for the work of Christ, and he did this to make up for the help you couldn’t give me. (Philippians 2:25-30, CEB)
The Philippians were worried about Epaphroditus because he was sick and he was one of them. He went to/with Paul to help Paul. Paul was worried about Epaphroditus and wants him to get to go home also.
There is a lot of care in this passage. Epaphroditus towards Paul and the Philippians, Paul to the Philippians and Epaphroditus and the Philippians to Paul and Epaphroditus. This is a way for us to see that care for others is a part of our work in serving God.
Care for others is a part of who we are as children of God.
Loving People. Loving God.