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An Overview of the Epistle by Paul to the Philippians.
Today begins our devotional of Philippians. This book written by Paul to the first church he founded in Europe. It is the sweetest and most personal of all his letters. With no scolding of the churches or believers, it could be called more of a love letter. *
The word “joy” or “rejoice” occurs sixteen times. Paul mentions the Savior’s name forty times in this short book. Some of the most wonderful things concerning Christ and the Christian life are here. Christ must be your joy, trust and aim in life.
It’s hard to believe Paul writes this in prison, while chained to a Roman soldier. But he knows his chains are helping him to spread the gospel.
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears (Philippians 1:3-6 The Message).
Jump in and find the joy resounding in this epistle.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this love letter we have in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians – let your joy resound. Selah.
* What The Bible Is All About, Henrietta Mears, Regal Books a division of G/L Publications, Glendale, California, 1974, p. 507,508.