Philippians 1:12-18

A devotional commentary of Philippians 1:12-18.

Devotional Commentary of Philippians 1:12-18

Philippians 1:12-18

Sharing the Gospel With Joy (Philippians 1:12-18)

When we read the story of the apostle Paul, we soon realised that he did not have the most advantageous circumstances in which to minister. In fact, he faced opposition continually; and yet, he did not lose his enthusiasm for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

So often, we allow our circumstances, detractors and feelings to crush our enthusiasm to be involved in the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As one writer said, “Perhaps the greatest damage done by detractors is not their direct opposition. It’s more intangible. They destroy enthusiasm, the morale so necessary for church health and growth.” If we have an unhealthy focus on our circumstances, our detractors and our feelings, then the devil has won and the ministry of the gospel has lost.

In this passage, we can learn three lessons for sharing the gospel with joy.

They are:

  • We must look beyond our circumstances (1:12-14)
  • We must look beyond our detractors (1:15-17)
  • We must look beyond our feelings (1:18)

When we look beyond our circumstances, detractors and feelings, we see God at work.

Devotional Commentary of Philippians

Philippians 1:1-11 | Philippians 1:12-18 | Philippians 1:19-26 | Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 2:1-4 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Philippians 2:12-18 | Philippians 2:19-24 | Philippians 2:25-30

Philippians 3:1-3 | Philippians 3:4-11 | Philippians 3:12-16 | Philippians 3:17-21

Philippians 4:1-7 | Philippians 4:8-9 | Philippians 4:10-23

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