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Magnificent Spirit

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,
Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice” Philippians 1:18.

Imprisoned in Rome, the Apostle Paul reaches a conclusion here that, no doubt, is painful to him. Some of his fellows have preached Christ for less-than-honorable reasons; but, in spite of that fact, Paul finds reasons to rejoice.

It must be that the world has always had men who had selfish motives for performing any action, including preaching. Paul does not rejoice in the fact that some messengers have preached for the wrong reasons nor does he condone such behavior: but he does rejoice in that Jesus is proclaimed and that some are preaching the truth for honorable reasons.

The preaching of Jesus should always be done by men of honor and humility and men who have a love for the truth. Then, and only then, can God be truly pleased and genuinely glorified.

"Thought for the Week - 04/19/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.