True Mercy Causes Celebration
Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:1-7
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (v. 7).
Prior to his Damascus Road experience, the Apostle Paul’s sole claim to fame was being a persecutor of Christians. If ever there was someone “worthy” of God’s justice, it was Paul.
Of course, this also meant he was a prime candidate for receiving God’s mercy. Paul understood what a great gift he had received, and he celebrated it for the rest of his life. This attitude is the underlying theme of his letters, many of which, like Philippians, were written while he was incarcerated. In today’s passage, Paul is trying to infuse other believers with the joy that comes from receiving God’s mercy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (v. 4). When I think about the ways God has shown me mercy, rejoicing is a natural response!
Lord, as your mercies are new every day, let our joy be renewed also. AMEN.