Paul has had better days, but all is good. At the present time he is in prison, he knows not what pain and bondage will come in the morning, and he is getting word that men are fighting for power, control, and fame in certain churches he has planted. Yet, even in the midst of such sorrow, he can still rejoice.
He gives one sweet and powerful statement in his letter to the Phillipians, “For me to live is Christ. For me to die is gain.”
Living, even in the midst of suffering, is fine because he is in Christ and Christ is in him. Christ is his shepherd. Christ is his friend who sticks closer than any brother. Christ is directing all things for his own glory and the good of his church. Christ is the King of kings and all is working out according to his sovereign…
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