Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."

What is Paul referring to here? What happened to him? He was in jail for preaching the gospel, The good news. He must have been an optimistic person to think being in jail brought about good.

Actually Paul's time in jail caused the gospel to spread quickly. News of his stand for the truth of Jesus Christ spread throughout the Palace guard. Those who loved the Lord spread the message, and even those who opposed Paul told of the Gospel, thinking it would harm him.

Paul was overjoyed to know the gospel was being preached, no matter the reason. He was a remarkable man, because he believed God would use everything for his good. I can believe this too, but sometimes I wonder.

Have you ever said to God, "How will you use this in a good way?"
I believe you God, but this? How will you bring any good out of the sadness I feel? How can the loss of a loved one ever be ok?

Loosing a loved one isn't ever O.K., but the ache doesn't hurt as much. Time moves on and so do our lives. Sadness doesn't have to last for ever, if we look to the Lord. He can fill us with joy, peace and love regardless of our circumstances.

Times of deep sadness come to every life. I don't want you to fall into the lie I once did. I thought certain people had a better life than I did.These young ladies who sat in front of me in church had their mother and father with them. 

The parents were blessed financially, so I thought, looking on the outside their lives had to be better than mine.This was not true!
As time passed, they had serious struggles like the rest of us.

It was a lesson I learned well, and I remind myself of it every once in a while. 'The rain falls on the just and the unjust." Matthew 5:45
The difference is, when a christian goes through struggles, they can become better, not bitter.

"And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 KJV

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