“Only live your lives in a manner worthy of the Good News of the Messiah. Then, whether I come and see you or I am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit – striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the Good News, and not being frightened in anyway by your opponents. For them, this is a sign of destruction, but for you salvation – and that from God. For to you was granted for Messiah’s sake not only to trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake – experiencing the same struggle you saw in me and now you are hearing in me.”
Fear is a powerful aspect of life that can render the strongest of individuals helpless. But as God’s children, holy and dearly loved, we have the amazing gift of God’s love that removes all fear! For the Scriptures say that “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).
Praise the Lord! This empowers us to live our “lives in a manner worthy of the Good News of the Messiah” even amid suffering and trials. This love is so great, so tangibly powerful and effective, that Paul can confidently say that, “For to you was granted for Messiah’s sake not only to trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” because he knows that God’s love is sufficient to sustain us in the midst of suffering and that our lives, being lived out in a manner worthy of the Lord in the midst of trials, is a powerful and effective sign and witness! Hallelujah! A sign and a witness to whom? Well, a sign and a witness to those who don’t belong to the Lord and a sign and witness of salvation to all those that do belong.
Therefore, since it has been granted to us as Believers to not only trust in this great Messiah but also to suffer under various trials and tribulations in this life, let us cling to His great, unfailing love and live our lives a manner that is worthy of the Good News of Messiah in the midst of today’s trying circumstances in order to be the sign and witnesses He has called us and graced us to be.
The Word of God is alive and active, speaking truth into our lives, helping us establish a firm foundation to stand on while we go through life on this side of eternity. Please take some time to quietly meditate on the passages above and ask yourself these three questions.
1: What truth is being spoken in these passages?
2: What does this mean for me?
3: How should I respond?