“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! ❤🌈