The Book of Philippians is also known as The Book of Joy and yet, Paul wrote this letter to the Philippian church while he was in prison. He had been imprisoned for four years at this point and was awaiting trial, a trial in which he would be sentenced to death. He says that he had learned to be content with his situation and had a great strength of spirit through Christ.
Philippians 4: 4-9 New Living Translation
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Thank you for the Word that You give to us – for the guidance, encouragement and joy that it provides. Let us always rejoice in You, Lord, for You are a good, good Father! No matter what our circumstances are and what trials we have to endure, may we always fix our thoughts and hearts on You Lord, and all things that are worthy of praise.
In Jesus Name,