Philippians 3:1 (NIV): Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Today, we begin exploring Philippians chapter 3. Paul, once again, encourages the believers in Philippi to rejoice. But why does he keep stressing this?
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Philippians chapter three, Paul gives us a command that he’s already stated several times but says it again in Philippians 3 verse 1, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.”
Paul knew the value of effective frequency. Lol. It’s an old advertising term that defines how many times a person needs to hear a message before responding to it. For example, a consumer needs to hear a message seven times before they consider taking action. And Paul does the same thing in his letter. In fact, he mentions joy or rejoicing 16 times in this short letter. Here’s this guy who’s been in prison for four years, and he says, “Nothing is going to steal my joy.”
And he commands us to do the same. The question for you then is what do you find joy in? Most of us, if we’re honest, would say that we find joy in our circumstances. And when times aren’t so good, well, that joy seems to fade away. But Paul tells us that our focus is out of whack.
He’d say it’s not “what” you put your focus on but rather “who.” He says we are to “rejoice in the Lord.” Rejoice in what you’ve learned about him. Who he is. What he’s done for you. He’s a treasure that you’ve found, and there’s nothing sweeter and more pleasurable than his love for you. Rejoice that he’s chosen you to be a part of his family.
And the Greek tense here for rejoice indicates that this is to be a habitual, ongoing way of life.
And he concludes this command by saying that it is a safeguard for them to rejoice. But why? Join tomorrow to discover the dangers that surrounded the believers in Philippi.
So, your simple Truth for today: Rejoice in the Lord and not your circumstances.
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