Living in Unity

Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Paul was writing to a persecuted Church and was giving instructions on how to respond. He tells them to stand firm in the Spirit and to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel. This is a tough thing to do when your opponent recognizes no rules. The way we respond to the trials of this world is a testimony of whether or not this claim of a new life in Christ is real. This message can be helpful to any of you who are going through any kind of trial in your life.