Philippians: We read in James to have joy in all of our trials and temptations that come our way. In Philippians, Paul reminds his audience that joy is internal and leads to our external. It must begin there before we can share it outside, and Paul is our example, even amidst the persecution he faced in that city. He is now in prison writing these thoughts to encourage his fledgling church.
Paul says, “Complete my joy.” Be unified in spirit and purpose. As you seek to complete the gift of joy, do it humbly. Look at the Savior as your role model who proclaimed joy wherever he went and in whatever he did. The result? God exalted him and honored him with a name above every name. The prophet Isaiah gave us that name, along with other names given to him:
Isa 9:6 For a child has been born to us; a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Amazing Adviser, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Celebrate this season with joy!