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Boldness in the Face of Contention

Dear brethren, let us ponder upon the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, “For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2)

The gospel of God, my friends, is not a message to be whispered in the corners of our comfort, but a trumpet to be sounded in the face of contention. The apostles, having been shamefully entreated at Philippi, did not retreat into silence, but were emboldened to proclaim the gospel with greater fervor.

The trials and tribulations we face are not in vain. They are the refining fire, purifying us for the work of the Kingdom. The apostles' suffering in Philippi was not an end, but a beginning. It was the birth pangs of a bold proclamation of the gospel that would shake Thessalonica.

Let us not be disheartened by the trials we face in our journey of faith. Instead, let us be emboldened by them. For it is in the crucible of suffering that our faith is tested and our boldness forged. The gospel is not a message for the faint of heart, but for those who, in the face of contention, can declare, “We were bold in our God.”

Remember, brethren, our entrance into the lives of others is not in vain. Every trial, every tribulation, every moment of suffering is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of the gospel. Let us, like the apostles, be bold in our God to speak the gospel of God with much contention.

May this message kindle your soul and embolden your spirit to proclaim the gospel with renewed vigor, no matter the trials you face. For our God is with us, and in Him, we find our boldness. Amen.