3 ways to suffer well

Philippians-study-300x300from Philippians 1:27-30

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.
     Philippians 1:29

We know that believing is a blessing.
And has purpose.

But suffering?
Really, Paul?

The apostle Paul was no stranger to suffering. And his Philippian audience knew it. Not only was Paul writing this letter while under house arrest in Rome, but earlier in their very town of Philippi—a wealthy Roman colony—he and Silas had been dragged into the marketplace, stripped, beaten, and locked in stocks (Acts 16:19-24).

So when he writes “it has been granted to you” (Philippians 1:29) to also suffer, he knows what he’s talking about.

And he expected them to suffer well. For a reason. Us, too?

There is a way to live that shows God’s good news (i.e., gospel) really is good. Stand united; keep the faith; suffer with confidence. Then it will be clear that we’ve been delivered (Philippians 1:28).

But how?

Do we flinch when danger shows up? Do we get scared at the possibilities of all the things that can go wrong in a life—even “little” things like a stomach bug or a car breaking down or an overscheduled week?

Here are three ways Paul helps us consider it a favor when we face enemies:

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