Day 2 - Philippians 1:12-14

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Some proclaim Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. These proclaim Christ out of love, knowing that I have been put here for the defense of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but intending to increase my suffering in my imprisonment. What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice.                                                                    ~Phippians 1:12-14

Every once in a while the media reports on a scandal involving a Christian leader… usually having something to do with misuse of money or sexual immorality. But selfishness and failure in Christians leaders is nothing new. It happened back in Paul's day.

Paul showed an amazing tolerance for the motives (and even the morals) of those who proclaimed the Gospel, saying that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice. ~Phil 1:18
A note in The Mission of God Study Bible (p.1244) says As long as the core message is broadcast, good can come... The essential message is true: Christ crucified and risen for our salvation. 

Paul’s commitment to the message of Christ was absolute, as he declared his purpose that Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death. ~Phil 1:20. 
Whatever others did or didn't do, Paul would live for Christ!
Whatever it cost him, Paul would faithfully proclaim the Gospel!
May this be the level of my commitment also!

It would have been easy for Paul to sit in his prison cell (from which he wrote this letter) nursing bitterness or self-pity, because he was in prison while those who had dishonored the Gospel by their lives were living free and easy! But rather, Paul rejoiced because God was using his negative circumstances for a great positive
What has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel... ~Phil 1:12  
What has happened in your life, good and bad, and how have you allowed God to use all of those things to advance the Gospel?


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Note: This is the second in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: Philippians 1:1