Do you think of your suffering as furthering the Gospel?

Philippians Bible Background

10.05.2016 – New Testament: Phi 1.12–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Philippians 1 on October 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Paul viewed his suffering as a way of getting the message out. He did not dwell upon the personal hurt, but focused upon the larger picture, using his life to advance the things of Christ,

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear (Philippians 1.12–14). 

His suffering opened doors for Roman guards to learn the truth, and other Christians saw his willingness to suffer for Christ, and that made them live bolder lives, especially in speaking the word.

Questions:

  • What is your attitude toward your suffering?
  • Can you retrain yourself to see the good that your suffering brings to other people?

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