Let Love Guide You - Philippians 1:12-18

Let Love Guide You 

How often do we look back on trials that we have gone through and recognize God’s hand throughout the entire process?

How often can we see that the suffering and trials we go through further demonstrate the Gospel to others? 

Philippians 1:12-18
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice


In this passage, Paul reminds us that even in the midst of suffering, God can use us to further His kingdom. Paul's imprisonment was a difficult time for him, but it also became an opportunity for him to share the gospel with others. It was his love for Jesus and his passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus. This gave him the strength to take joy in the opportunities that God provided him. When we go through trials, it is easy to have our blinders on and only see tunnel vision of what is around us.

Often times, we are unaware of our surroundings. However, this does not mean that God is not still using you. Therefore, we should take joy in the trials and our struggles, knowing that God already has a plan. It will not be easy, and often it will produce sorrow and tears. But God has a plan, and His will is greater than anything we experience. We never know the impact of our testimony. Others may be strengthened by our resolve within Christ.
Paul also warns us to not do things out of our own selfish ambition. We are to live according to love. We are called to serve the Lord with a humble and willing heart. Don’t worry about what others may say or think, because it is not about us. We are not here for the personal glory or edification, but we are here for the furthering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t let your own pride and self-centered focus get in the way. What kind of testimony is that demonstrating to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?

No matter what we are going through, we can trust that God can use us to further His kingdom. Let us rejoice in the fact that Christ is being preached, whether in pretense or in truth. Be strong and serve God with faith and, above all, with love. Let your love be a testimony to those around you.

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