Gladness of Heart

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy” Philippians 1:4.

The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Philippians in a typical way by giving thanks to God for the church in Philippi. Notice the way in which Paul gives thanks. He gives thanks with joy. So, what is joy? Joy is a gladness of heart found only in Jesus Christ.

It is rather remarkable that the manner in which Paul prays is filled with joy. Consider Paul’s present circumstances. He writes this letter in prison, probably under house arrest in Rome awaiting his trial before Caesar. Joy is not dependent on present circumstances. Joy is like peace in that it surpasses all understanding. One of the amazing realities Christians get to experience is the gladness of heart through their new relationship with Jesus, and there is a gladness of heart that is found with other Christians. As we gather together this month, may we be strengthened with all joy that is found only in Jesus Christ.

Categories Pastors Corner | Tags: | Posted on October 1, 2017

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