When Paul wrote those words he was in prison with no chance of getting out. For him joy was a decision, not a reaction to circumstances. You ask, ‘How could Paul be joyful in prison?’ Because he understood that true joy comes from devoting yourself to something bigger than your own interests. The Bible says, ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength.’ (Nehemiah 8: 10 KJV)
True joy calls for three things:
(a) Making a conscious choice to focus on God’s goodness every single day.
(b) Reaching out to bless others every chance you get.
(c) Understanding that joy produces strength, which explains why your joy is the devil’s primary target. When you lose your joy you lose your strength, and he wins—so be joyful
Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say again: Rejoice!
- Word of the Day (Bob Gass)