Joy is definitely part of the Christian life. It is both promised and on some occasions it seems like a command. Let’s think about this together. Reading: Philippians 4:4-8.
When might being discontent be a good thing? Reading: Philippians 3:7-14.
Philippians 4:4-9. We encounter thousands of random facts every day – things pop up on our phones, we read them in newspapers, we hear talking heads report them on TV. Most of these facts have little relevancy to our daily life. “The Lord is near” is not one of those irrelevant facts. It’s a truth that sends ripples through our being and behaving – it inspires us to rejoice, calls for prayer, and so much more.
A position of power and influence is not usually associated with humility. However, in the kingdom of God we are called to emulate Jesus’ attitude of humility–that is “living right-side up.”
From Philippians 3:7-14. Picture this: A stooped old man wasting away in a prison with a glowing smile on his face. He is writing a letter that will later be known around the world as “The Letter of Joy.” Why is he so joyful? Let’s learn the secret of his joyful perspective.