From this experience, Paul believes that he has come to appreciate the best way for Christians to approach suffering, which he is trying to exemplify to the Philippians. On the one hand, Paul holds on to the promise of a heavenly life with Christ beyond this world; on the other, he understands that his continued preaching is helping more people to become -- or remain -- faithful Christians. Both are very good things, and Paul finds satisfaction and even joy about his life on earth, despite the obstacles he has faced,and the promise of eternal life with God.
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Philippians 1:1-26 today.