Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!


Do I find joy in my everyday life?  Joy is one of the greatest gifts of emotion from God. We have all had those moments when we have been overcome with joy, such as the births of our children. But, the Bible teaches of a joy that the child of God can have even in the darkest moments. The letter Paul wrote from prison to the church at Philippi is often referred to as the book of joy because Paul repeatedly uses the words rejoice and joy. Why was Paul so successful in finding joy even in his imprisonment? He kept his mind and eyes on the eternal (the gospel!) and not the temporary.

In Philippians 1:12-14, Paul says:

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

I’m sure Paul could have focused his mind and his letter on all sorts of negative feelings dealing with his situation, but Paul was concerned about the advancement of the gospel, so that is where he placed his mind’s attention.


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