Please read Philippians chapter 4 in at least two different versions. Thus far Paul has shared with us how to be joyful in our suffering, in our service and in our trusting/believing in Christ. In Chapter 4 he wraps it up by talk about obtaining joy through giving of ourselves to others.
When we hear the word "give" we often freeze up. We start discussing all the reasons we can't give, yet Paul addresses this ever so wonderfully here.
Now, by what we give and by what we hold back, does that affect our salvation? NO! What it does affect is our level of contentment (as Paul speaks about in verses 11-13), or our "joy". Paul gave and gave and gave of himself for the sake of Christ! There were many, many times he had to do without certain things, but he always kept his joy . . . and, dear ones, we can too!
Now before you start thinking things like "no, you don't understand my life, what I have to face", let me remind you that Paul at the time of this letter to Philipi was IN prision! We CAN have joy . . . we can walk in it each and every day, we can live it each and every moment! It is a promise we can cling to and claim just as we can our promise of salvation - for from that salvation flows our joy in the Lord. It is a process, an application of God's Word and His prinicples to our lives each and every day, whether or not the "feelings" are there. It is a trust, a faith in Christ and in His Word.
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