“And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News” (Phil 2:12)
The bad news is that I’m in prison, not a nice comfortable prison either and there are many people that would like to kill me and there are even other Christians who hurt me with their words and motivations.
, the good news is:
- The entire palace guard now knows about Jesus
- The gospel is spreading like wildfire
- Christians all over the place are becoming emboldened to share their faith because of my situation
I won’t get angry at the opposition because it’s actually helping accomplish the mission
I won’t get angry at other Christians who have been less charitable to me, they too are preaching the good news.
God I really want this attitude in my life.
Please give me the clear vision to see that difficulty presents a greater opportunity for you to work.
Please help me not to get bitter at other Christians who might say and do foolish things against me. In many respects in the west Christianity is on the ropes and we don’t have time to hold grudges against one another.
If other Christian groups are proclaiming good news even though in my estimation they stink in a lot of areas then I should praise the Lord for them and not complain about the stench.