In today’s Bible reading, we read the book of Philippians — a favored book of many because it is one of Paul’s most personal and intimate letters and strikes a strong note of encouragement to rejoice in Christ.

Of note, joy is not only encouraged, but it is even something that is commanded — a reminder that believers, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, are not subject to fluctuating emotions, but have an ability to control and order those feelings to be in conformity to Christ so that He is honored through those emotions.  And in every circumstance (even deep poverty and interpersonal conflicts) it is still possible to rejoice in Christ.

For more help in thinking about this book, download, “Reading Philippians.”

Or see, the flow of the book in a simple chart: