Suffering for Souls Sake

I think we should ask ourselves from time to time: How much do we really love the souls of others? The apostle Paul was in jail for preaching the gospel and he wrote this to the saints at Philippi: “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear”(Philippians 1:12-14). Paul knew that because he was jailed for preaching the gospel that everyone would find out why he was in jail so the gospel would be proclaimed in that manner as news travelled. He also knew that because he was jailed that others became bold to proclaim the gospel as well. Paul did not complain about his chains for Christ because others were hearing the gospel because of them. Paul knew that the gospel of Christ was the power of God unto salvation to all those that believe (Romans 1:16). Because of this knowledge he was okay with the suffering he was enduring because he knew that others would hear the gospel and come to know Christ. It would do us well as we go through suffering to see in what ways the gospel can be proclaimed through it. When we begin to see our suffering as a means of others coming to know Christ then we will be able to rejoice that God used it for His glory by revealing Himself through our hard times. As our love increases for others then we will find that we are willing to die to all worldly comfort in order for them to know Christ. If our loved ones would come to know Christ through our suffering would we think it’s worth it?