The Catalyst of True Joy
Paul makes a profound statement when he tells the Philippian church to rejoice in the Lord always. He then reiterates it by saying it again, "I will say it again: Rejoice!" To find the joy in our lives can be very difficult if not taxing on our emotions. Life doesn't seem fair much of the time, and to suggest that my joy will be my strength is even a harder concept to engage. However, this is a spiritual concept that far supersedes any other biblical trait known to us in the Bible. The concepts Paul brings to us in his letter to the Philippians will have a profound effect on our lives, our attitudes, and are relationships as we see the wisdom in "Living Life with Joy".
Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Do you find it hard to find the joy in difficult situations especially when life doesn't seem fair? How well can you process disappointments to see them as an opportunity for God to change your circumstances? Phillipians is called the "happy book", possibly the happiest book of the Bible. Even from a Roman prison cell, Paul is rejoicing in his circumstances for the greater good of the kingdom. May we be so enlightened!