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Weekly devotional: Taking the good with the bad

Nov. 18, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
E hana wale ʻoukou ma ka pono o ka ʻeuanelio a Kristo; a inā paha e hele aku au e ʻike iā ʻoukou, inā paha hoʻi ma kahi ʻē e lohe auaneʻi au i kā ʻoukou mau mea, e ʻike nō ua kūpaʻa ʻoukou ma ka ʻuhane hoʻokahi, me ka manaʻo hoʻokahi, a me ka hoʻoikaika pū ʻana i ka manaʻoʻiʻo o ka ʻeuanelio; ʻAʻole hoʻi i hoʻoweliweli iki ʻia mai ʻoukou e ka poʻe ʻenemi; he hōʻailona ia iā lākou no ka make, akā, iā ʻoukou, he hōʻailona ia no ke ola, a ʻo ia hoʻi mai ke Akua mai. No ka mea, ua hāʻawi lokomaikaʻi ʻia mai ia iā ʻoukou no Kristo, ʻaʻole ka manaʻoʻiʻo wale aku nō iā ia, akā, ʻo ka hoʻopilikia ʻia mai hoʻi nona. Hoʻokahi o ʻoukou paio ʻana me kā ʻoukou i ʻike mai ai i loko oʻu, a me kā ʻoukou e lohe nei i loko oʻu.
– Pilipi 1:27-30

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; and in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and this too, from God. For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
– Philippians 1:27-30

He manaʻo o ke kahu
You’ve heard it said, “You gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelet.” Or, “You have to have rain to have rainbows.” In other words, with every great thing in life, there will be a sacrifice or price to be paid. The Apostle Paul tells the church in Philippi that though they have salvation in Christ, they will also suffer on his behalf, just as Paul suffered. That’s not a good argument to win folks over to the faith, but it is an actuality. While we may find peace in knowing our Savior, it also means destruction for others. With Christ, there will be opposition – for with the good, there will be bad. Paul encourages the Philippians to live proper lives and to stand firm in one mind and in one spirit. By staying united, we can find strength from those around us, as well as be there for others to lean on.

This is a good word for all of us, for we know that with the good will also come the bad. While we will find joy in knowing the Lord, there will be those who take exception to us and will speak all sorts of vile things against us. Let them. For we know that we have a greater reward awaiting us. That is our hope, what we can hold on to, especially when haters come our way. While you may not be facing any challenges yourself, there are thousands of others around the world who face persecution daily. They stand firm in their faith, knowing that Jesus was persecuted for staying true to God. Lift these brothers and sisters up in prayer and may we find the ability to keep the faith as they did.

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