In the book written to the Philippians, we see genuine joy.
Joy begins with salvation and increases as we experience true fellowship, understand Jesus’ Lordship, partake in His humility, and obey the Word of God.
As we grow in faith, our desires change. We long to know Jesus; we place our hope in heavenly joys, rather than earthly circumstances; we pray with thanksgiving, rather than fret anxiously; we can give generously to further the work of the gospel; we are challenged to reflect on the “whatevers” and complete the race before us.
Philippians is indeed a book full of great joy, and great challenges. Let us all embrace what the Holy Spirit brings to us and be obedient.