Crazy Joy!

philippians 4:4, Crazy Joy in Jesus, Rejoicing from Prison
Have you ever had such crazy joy you couldn’t keep it in? A birth, marriage, new home, new car or great job opportunity…

In Philippians, Paul has such crazy joy he can’t keep it in either. At one point he writes:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (4:4)

What was Paul’s joyful circumstance when he wrote this letter? A special award? A special time with family? Warmth and comfort? None of these. Paul was in prison and some of his own 'Christian' brothers were making things worse for him (1:13,17).

Paul’s whole life was characterized by serious trials (2 Corinthians 11:23-33), but he was consistently joyful in Christ.

Philippians is a great book to read. Why not underline "joy,” "rejoice," and "glad" next time you read it. You'll gain new insights about the meaning of joy. 

Isn't it just like God to have such a joyful book written from a prison cell?
copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2011 

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7 comments:

  1. True words! We so often confuse joy with happiness. If our circumstances are going well, we are happy. But joy, true joy, is in Christ and is present regardless of our circumstances. Thanks for this reminder to always REJOICE!

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  2. I really believe the Bible teaches the deeper the suffering, the deeper the joy. This sets me FREE FROM FEARS, to know God equips us with exactly what we need to rejoice in Him, no matter the circumstances. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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  3. I live in the center of crazy joy... 'He'is my strength :)
    thanks for this lovely one-minute love note!

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  4. Dear Gail
    I used to ponder this quite often and tried very hard to rejoice always, but it never worked! Until it dawned on me that the rejoicing is the natural result of a life lived in Jesus. So I knew I had it all wrong! I first needed to just come to Jesus and learn how to abide in Him always. Now I am rejoicing always without that useless futile striving.
    Much love

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  5. You had me at "Crazy Joy" ...just finished reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and prayed specifically for the Lord to restore my love & joy for and towards others..in spite of life's stresses. I don't want to merely survive, I want to THRIVE!

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  6. My word for 2014 is Joy. Thank you for reminding me about this. :)

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    1. What a great word for 2014, Michelle. I love your choice.
      Gail : )

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