Paul is in a hard circumstances to say the least. Yet he explains that it has actually helped to advance the gospel.
Think about a hard situation you are facing or have recently faced? How can God use you in the midst of this hard to advance His kingdom?
Paul says in verse 27, “whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” In the situation you thought of above, how has your conduct been? Worthy, in what ways? Unworthy, in what ways?
Paul continues to rejoice (v.18) despite his situation. Where is joy amidst the hard for you right now?
Spend some time meditating on verse 29. Dwell deeply thinking and praying about Paul’s perspective that we are “granted to suffer for Him.” Suffering as blessing….Hmmmmm.