Friday, June 17, 2016

Suffering for His Sake

               Suffering for His Sake

                            Philippians 1:27, 29 
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;...For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Paul, in his writings, mentioned more than once the sufferings of the Philippian Christians. The honor of knowing Christ as personal Savior is a privilege, as is suffering for His sake. If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we are to consider it a gift from Him. We are to strive together for the Gospel’s sake, not strive against one another. We are to be of one spirit and one mind, standing fast against any opposition the enemy my bring (Matthew 5:11-12).

Paul encourages the people to conduct their lives as citizens of heaven. When we realize that the world around us may only see the Gospel by what they perceive or view in our lives, we need to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The most powerful weapon against the enemy of Christ is not a stirring message or some book written about Jesus; but in the consistent life of the believer living out the Gospel by faith day after day (2 Corinthians 3:2-3).

When believers stand firm for the sake of the Gospel they will suffer persecution. Paul instructed the believers to live their lives as becomes the Gospel and in the end they will receive a great reward  ( II Timothy 2:12). Paul enlightens the people that there is an enemy that wants to steal this treasure from them and cripple the spread of the Gospel; but God gives the grace needed to go through any trial and to have joy in the midst of the battle.

Lord, may I by faith live the Gospel before others.

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