I hope to send Timothy to you soon if the Lord Jesus allows it. Then I will be cheered up when I receive news about you.
I have no one else like Timothy. He truly cares about how you are doing.
All the others are looking out for their own interests. They are not looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ.
But you know that Timothy has proved himself. He has served with me like a son with his father in spreading the good news.
So I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
And I'm sure I myself will come soon if the Lord allows it.
But I think it's necessary to send Epaphroditus back to you. He is my brother in the Lord. He is a worker and a soldier of Christ together with me. He is also your messenger. You sent him to take care of my needs.
He longs for all of you. He is troubled because you heard he was sick.
He was very sick. In fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him. He also had mercy on me. God spared me sadness after sadness.
So I want even more to send him to you. Then when you see him again, you will be glad. And I won't worry so much.
Welcome him as a brother in the Lord with great joy. Honor people like him.
He almost died for the work of Christ. He put his life in danger to make up for the help you couldn't give me.