Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, a faithful worker, and a courageous soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need.
Now I am sending him home again, for he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
And he surely was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him -- and also on me, so that I would not have such unbearable sorrow.
So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and that will lighten all my cares.
Welcome him with Christian love a and with great joy, and be sure to honor people like him.
For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while trying to do for me the things you couldn't do because you were far away.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)