Be content and at peace like Paul by looking to Christ who offers us His strength. In this P.S. to his letter to the Philippians, Paul offers us insight into the secrets of how he learned to be content. He made peace with others a priority. He learned to be at peace with himself by rejoicing frequently, praying with thanksgiving, and disciplining his mind to focus on positive things. Paul was at peace with God, humbly being satisfied with His provision and able to accept gifts from others, knowing that their gifts to him were actually sacrifices to God. We too can imitate Paul by believing that we can do all things through Christ who gives us His strength.
Fear and Trembling: Live Out Your Salvation in Awe Knowing God is at Work in You. When I really understand fully who I am to God and what he paid for me and what he is doing IN me I can’t help but genuinely want to obey in reverence and great awe the thing God created me for. When I live out who God made me to be in appropriate response to the expensive price He paid for me, then my life will bring him pleasure. Be whom God created you to be in gratefulness for how much God paid for your salvation.
Break the chains of suffering by giving your suffering a purpose. Paul was in prison but he turned his chains into a chance to advance the gospel. By living a life worthy of the gospel we can turn suffering on it’s head and use it for God’s purposes. Suffering can cause us to dwell on our own problems or can be turned into something positive and in that way it can have meaning despite the pain.