“Joy in Suffering.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

There’s that word I’m using again: suffering. I know I am probably making someone’s face cringe and heart rate quicken, but it’s so important in living for Christ is we’re called to suffer for Him as well. Jesus willingly took our painful ransom so we all could have unity with Heaven once again. But, why should we suffer if Jesus already has? Today, we will be studying Philippians Chapter One. Paul wrote this letter while in chains in Philippi, as a warm and loving thank you to those who are spreading the gospel of Jesus (now linking back to us). 

Paul’s purpose in writing this letter was to show the Philippians that even though he was imprisoned for sharing about Jesus, he still chose to seek the joy in it. Paul also counseled about those who are speaking about Jesus through rivalry and self righteousness, instead of humility and unity. Here are three key points to take from this chapter. 

We are in community, not incongruity: “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT

This verse is so important because Paul is stating one main factor of believing in Jesus: constantly in communion with others, not isolation. We attend church to praise, give, and pray for each other. We invite our girls over to have some Jesus filling memories and to grow with one another. We seek out spiritual counsel when we are at the short end of our faith. If we only confide with God in our quiet time, and then go out into the world with a blank expression, how are people supposed to know that the powerful God is living inside our very hearts?! 

Living a bold life, not an ashamed life for Christ: “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul is literally in chains at this moment, expressing his joy for his slavement for Christ. What a bold statement! I want that so badly! Paul is encouraging us here that if he can fid faith, joy, and contement in Christ, even though he knows he is going to be imprisoned and eventually killed for the cause of Christ, we should feel encouraged to the same! This life is temporary! No relationship, no occupation, not one thing will satisfy our hearts the way God can. He has promised us eternal life through Jesus Christ. That makes me want to venture out into the streets and proclaiming His love to every being I pass by! It is something I never want to live without! 

Our suffering is His glory: “We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Philippians‬ ‭1:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My beautiful friends, we are suffering together. We are slaves of righteousness together. We are all bound in God’s forgiveness together. We no longer need to fear the feelings of loneliness or rejection. We are all apart of the body of Christ. When one falls, we all help pick them back up. When one is weak, we all pray that God will strengthen them again. I hope this has encouraged you today! God bless! ❤🌈

“Faith Brings Joy: Romans Study Chapter 5.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

I renamed this chapter differently because this chapter has brought so much joy to my heart. 😊 I read this chapter last night and I let out a few happy tears. Chapters 1-4 were a bit rough. They needed to be. It’s the perfect example of God: “we need to start digging the crud out of our eyes if we’re ever going to see the light again.” What I mean by that is, in order to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we need to have faith in the One who will get us there. I want to start off this blog post by giving you an acronym to follow: 

  • Endurance 
  • Character 
  • Confidence 
  • Salvation 

What do each of those words mean to you? Well, it’s basically like an outline God has given us to follow. To start this race with God, we have to go through a trial of endurance. It states in Romans verse 4 that our trials our good for us because they will help us endure. When you are doing something difficult let’s say riding a bike, your goal is to be able to ride for 8 miles. How are you going to accomplish that? You have to take it increment by increment. Build yourself up and go a farther mile each time until you reach your goal. By doing this, you are building your strength. What happens when we build our strength physically? Our character changes as well. Once we reflect on the word daily and are spiritually fed, our hearts begin to morph into our image through Christ. Once we recognize our true identity in Christ, we are confident through Him and His cause, which was His sacrifice for our sins. 

I absolutely love verse 5: “For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” We are so loved by our God. Yet we sin so much, we try to go our own way so much, He still calls out for each and everyone one of us. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time. He was our knight in shining armor, our glorious friend who couldn’t stand living apart from us. Through the blood of God’s son, we were made friends with God. Doesn’t that just light up your soul with such a burning passion? God calls us His friend. That’s where I got emotional in case you were wondering. 

I love this chapter because it is the truth: faith through God brings real joy. I want to leave on this verse. Take the time to reflect on the E.C.C.S I made. What words do you need to reflect on to be sure you’re right with God? And know you are loved tremendously. 

For since we’re restored to friendship with God, He will certainly save us from judgement. We are saved from our own enemies, our own sin.” Romans 5:10 NLT