Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellence or praiseworthy - think about such things." (Philippians 4:4-8)
In these five verses out of his letter to the church at Philippi Paul covers a lot of ground. He offers some very practical advice for living as a follower of Christ.
This is part one in a series of posts on these verses.
"Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!" (vs. 4)
Paul seems pretty adamant about rejoicing. He repeats the same command twice in this verse.
Rejoice isn't a word we use everyday, so what does it mean? Rejoice means "to be glad, to take delight in; to make joyful."
Joy and delight are important in our lives. We need them to really live. Without them life could get pretty mundane and quite depressing.
There's a reason Paul is so adamant about these things - we need them. But it is just as important where we find our joy and delight. We need to find it in the Lord.
Why in the Lord?
Because He never changes. And He will never fail us, so we can always find joy and delight there.
Are you finding joy and delight in your life?
What are you finding them in?