Main point summary
Our prayers to God are both the tangible expression of our affection for our brothers and sisters in Christ and the means by which they are sanctified.
e I thank my God
f in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all
making my prayer with joy,
g because of your partnership in the gospel
from the first day until now.
And I am sure of this,
that he who began h a good work in you i will bring it to completion
at j the day of Jesus Christ.
It is right for me to feel this way about you all,
because I hold you k in my heart,
for you are all l partakers with me of grace, 1
both m in my imprisonment
and in n the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
For o God is my witness,
p how I yearn for you all
with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And it is my prayer
that q your love may abound more and more,
r with knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve what is excellent,
s and so be pure and blameless t for the day of Christ,
filled u with the fruit of righteousness
that comes v through Jesus Christ,
w to the glory and praise of God.