New International Version
15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
In these verse we see Paul acting on two key principles of giving and receiving. First, we are to acknowledge and thank/honour those who give. When we receive from God and other people let us acknowledge their gifts to us and thank them, honouring them and their gift. Secondly, let us recognise that ‘it is more blessed to give than receive’. It does us good to give. It allows us to support the good work that others do and it connects us to others. It also pleases God.
Lord, help me first to give all I have to you. Help me to hold money and possessions lightly so that I can joyfully give them away as needed. Holy Spirit stir up generosity in my heart that I might give and enjoy giving. Father, open my eyes to the need around me that I might be quick to help others in their time of need. To the glory of your name, Amen