Philippians 1:15-18 (NIV): It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice.
HOW TO NOT LET MEAN PEOPLE SUCK THE JOY OUT OF YOU
Have you ever encountered someone that just seemed to live to make your life miserable?
Yep. Me, too.
Paul knew what we were going through. He experienced the same thing while in prison in Rome awaiting trial. There were people who were traveling around Rome trying to tear down everything that Paul worked so hard to build.
Why? Listen to today's 2:30 episode to hear this fascinating story!
PREVIOUS EPISODES IN THE SIMPLE TRUTH THROUGH PHILIPPIANS
Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to talk to you about not allowing anyone to steal your joy.
In our previous episode, we learned that preachers of the gospel would come to visit Paul and leave with the courage to preach the gospel with even more fervor than before.
But Paul tells us that there were other preachers that didn’t quite have the same pure motives. He says in the first part of verse 15 of Philippians chapter one, “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry.”
Who were these people? These were preachers of the gospel in Rome. And Paul said they were envious of Paul. He had a well-known ministry, powerful spiritual gifts, and had seen the resurrected Christ with his own eyes.
And then Paul says that they preach out of rivalry. This is the type of person who loves to stir up conflict. These people live to just tear people down. They’re always thinking, “What can I say to make this person look bad so that I can look good?”
And verse 16 says, “The former (meaning those who preach out of envy and rivalry) preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.”
Paul uses an interesting Greek word here for “selfish ambition” to describe these rivals. This word described someone connected with politics who are out canvassing for office, trying to advance their career, no matter how low they had to stoop to attain it.
And why did they do this? Paul says that they did it simply to make life harder for Paul.
But Paul becomes an incredible role-model for us in this type of situation, when he says in verse 18, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice.”
So, your simple truth for today: Paul did not let mean people steal his joy. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control our reaction. So, the next time a person or situation tries to tear you down, ask yourself, “Am I going to let this rob me of my joy?” Think like Paul and make the choice to rejoice.
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I’m Julie Carruth, and I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.