Thursday, 3rd February 2022: Suffering has benefits!

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 became a prisoner in Rome. His emotional response to his state proved to be somewhat surprising. Rather than concentrating on his suffering state and lamenting, he presents the usefulness of his imprisonment to the church. He told them about how his condition has helped promote the gospel more and more. He cites how the elite Roman guards and government officials overseeing his imprisonment have recognised his love for Christ. He also talks about how his state has caused many believers to become even more courageous in the Lord and to be bold and passionate to preach the Word of God. Paul’s example tells us that suffering is not one-sided, packed with grief, but has yet another side that presents something beneficial. To stay strong during moments of suffering, like Paul, we must learn to look out for and focus on the side that brings us advantages, such as the key lessons learnt.

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

Confession: I am strengthened in suffering by focusing on the side of my condition that speaks of something beneficial.