For many Christians, I believe the most difficult biblical command to obey is “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) because we tend to believe that joy is a matter of circumstance rather than perspective. But throughout the book of Philippians, Paul indicates that he was joy-filled and that we can be, too. In this series we study the book of Philippians to discover why Paul was so joyful despite difficult circumstances and how we can experience that same unconditional joy.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.“