Philippians 1:12-14 (NLT)
12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 


13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 


14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.
 

Being imprisoned would cause many people to become bitter or to give up,  

But Paul saw it as one more opportunity to spread the Good News of Christ. Paul realized that his current circumstances weren't as important as what he did with them. Turning a bad situation into a good one, he reached out to the Roman soldiers who made up the palace guard and encouraged those Christians who were afraid of persecution. We may not be in prison, but we still have plenty of opportunities to be discouraged—times of indecision, financial burdens, family conflict, church conflict, or the loss of our jobs. How we act in such situations will reflect what we believe. Like Paul, look for ways to demonstrate your faith even in bad situations. Whether or not the situation improves, your faith will grow stronger.Handbook of Bible Application.