Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Paul mentioned joy or rejoicing at least twelve times throughout the book of Philippians. I’ve heard it called the book of joy plenty of times, then I remember he wrote this letter from prison.
How did Paul rejoice in prison? We know it wasn’t easy, yet he said rejoice always. There are no exceptions. Paul left no room for not rejoicing.
The three words in between rejoice and always tell us how this is possible. Rejoice in the Lord always.
Jesus is the source of our joy. Since Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us, we always have joy. No matter our circumstances. When we’re walking through sorrow or pain or grief, we still possess a measure of joy because of Jesus and we can rejoice.
This joy is deeply rooted. It’s true and steady and unshaken by trials.
It’s the kind of joy a prisoner had and wanted to share with the world.