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Full of Joy!

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What I observe in these verses is that Paul the Apostle is strongly urging and teaching the Philippians in being full of the joy of the LORD.

Joy in God is a duty of great consequence in the Christian life; Christians need to be again and again called to it. ~Matthew Henry

Paul also reminds the followers of Jesus to be gentle and kind, not to worry about anything, but to pray and ask God for everything they need, always giving thanks. God’s peace will keep their hearts and minds in Jesus. Also, They are to think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. Doing what they learned from Paul. The God who gives peace will be with them.

Always being full of joy and knowing God gives peace is a comfort and a refuge in times of trials. It’s best to be gentle and kind and not to worry about anything, praying to God. I can apply this to my life by being Jesus’ example to an ugly, lost, and hurting world. Also, by praying for others and always being joyful helps to bring God’s peace and comfort to others in time of need. It also helps me appreciate what my life in Jesus brings about.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for Your joy and the consequences it has wrought in our lives. Help me to exude Your joy to help the world a better place until Jesus returns. I lift up all the hurting and devastated people from around the world, Father God. I trust You in Your purpose and plan to meet all their needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.