And now, my brothers and sisters, be filled with joy in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write things to you again. I want to be sure that you are prepared.
Our joy comes from the Lord. Encouragement from one believer to another is important.
Over the past few weeks we have heard and possibly expressed that we are not happy to be in isolation from work, friends, church, family, etc. Of course this is understandable. But let’s remember that happiness, or the lack of, is due to circumstances and comes and goes with what is going on in our lives. But joy comes from the Lord. Once we have decided to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit resides within us and we have joy that comes from Him and it can’t be taken from us, even in the hardest of times.
Psalm 30: 5B
The night may be filled with tears, but in the morning we can sing for joy.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Paul does not find it hard at all to write more than once on these subjects for the Philippian Church. He’s an encourager! He is probably elaborating on what he wrote to them in Philippians 1: 27-28. He did not want these friends to stumble or to be overthrown by the enemy. These days we all need a friend to encourage us to press on and not to give up or to give in to the enemy.
Do you know someone who needs to be encouraged during these days of isolation? Perhaps you could make a phone call or send a card to that person. You don’t have to look far to find someone who needs you.