But what does it matter? Nothing matters except that, in one way or another, people are told the message about Christ, whether with honest or dishonest motives, and I'm happy about that. Yes, I will continue to be happy
for another reason. I know that I will be set free through your prayers and through the help that comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of. I will speak very boldly and honor Christ in my body, now as always, whether I live or die.
Christ means everything to me in this life, and when I die I'll have even more.
If I continue to live in this life, my work will produce more results. I don't know which I would prefer.
I find it hard to choose between the two. I would like to leave this life and be with Christ. That's by far the better choice.
But for your sake it's better that I remain in this life.
Since I'm convinced of this, I know that I will continue to live and be with all of you. This will help you to grow and be joyful in your faith.
So by coming to you again, I want to give you even more reason to have pride in Christ Jesus with me.
Live as citizens who reflect the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I'll hear all about you. I'll hear that you are firmly united in spirit, united in fighting for the faith that the Good News brings.
So don't let your opponents intimidate you in any way. This is God's way of showing them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved.