Lemonade

Philippians 1:12-19

12 I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that my imprisonment is for Christ; 14 and most of the brothers and sisters, having been made confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, dare to speak the word with greater boldness and without fear.
15 Some proclaim Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. 16 These proclaim Christ out of love, knowing that I have been put here for the defense of the gospel; 17 the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but intending to increase my suffering in my imprisonment. 18 What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.”  NRSV

Even in the very early days of the church, individuals misused the Gospel for “selfish ambition.” Here, Paul calls them out, but, he does so in very Christ-like way. He “turns these lemons into lemonade” as the old adage goes when he writes – “What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; in that I rejoice.” We should, too.

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