Life Is Opportunity

Philippians 1:12, “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel.”

One of the most difficult tasks in life is forgiveness- not necessarily forgiving people, but forgiving situations (which of course, may include people). How can we get over those humps in life that can ruin our attitudes and destroy our spirit?

The apostle Paul was a man who knew struggle. When he converted to Christianity, his life was nothing but trouble. He was beaten by those who believed differently than he, imprisoned, and he had worries in life just like you and me (2 Corinthians 11:23-30). Yet he viewed all of life as an opportunity to share the love of Christ. Paul knew that everything in life (both the good times and bad) were happening for the benefit of his faith and the faith of others.

While Paul was in prison, he wrote the letter of Philippians, yet we never find him depressed about his situation. Actually, we find Paul rejoicing because God was using his situation to bring salvation to others. We can all learn something from Paul.

We must learn to make the most of every opportunity. That means we need to forgive our situations in life that inconvenience us, hurt us, or set us back. It does not mean that we blindly ignore or forget such troubles. But we need to find out where the opportunity is in the midst of our struggles. Having a view where God is sovereign will remind us that God is working to our good (Romans 8:28-29).


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