Saturday, 6th April 2024: Learn to appreciate the benefits of suffering!

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:12
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Reflections: Paul was imprisoned in Rome, but his response to his situation was surprising. Instead of focusing on his suffering, he saw the usefulness of his imprisonment to the church. Paul further explained how his condition had helped to promote the gospel and how even the elite Roman guards and government officials overseeing his imprisonment had recognized his love for Christ. He also talked about how his imprisonment had caused many believers to become even more courageous and passionate about preaching the Word of God. Paul’s example teaches us that suffering isn’t just about grief but can also bring us benefits. To stay strong during moments of despair, we should learn to focus on the lessons that we can learn from our hardships.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me appreciate the benefits of suffering.

Confession: I find strength in suffering by focusing on the positive.