In the second chapter of Philippians, Paul describes his relationship with Timothy and Epaphroditus. He’s planning to send them back from Rome to Philippi and he says –
“So that I may be cheered” – (Verse 19) and “so that you may be glad” – (Verse 28). Paul says, that sending these men – “will make me happy and lighten my cares”.
These two men clearly have some life qualities that create ‘happiness’. They include –
- a focus on others
- being trustworthy
- working well with others, and
- having a life purpose
In Mark 8:35 Jesus says - “Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.”