Thursday, May 25, 2006

A rather simple reminder

"But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;" (Phil. 1:12)

Part of the reason Paul wrote this epistle is to give an update of his condition to the Philippian church. Verse 12 is a great reminder to us that no matter what hardships we may be facing, God could use us to further the Gospel. The word 'rather' seems to suggest a reverse in what one could expect. Paul could have chosen the easier route of shutting up, and resigning the ministry. He could have allowed the lies (btw both within and without the church) to eat him up spiritually and embitter him. Rather than destroying his faith, message and testimony, Paul's imprisonment and hardships made his Gospel witness shine even brighter in a dark world of sin.

Dear Christian, don't give up the good fight of faith.

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