A great number of the letters written by Paul the Apostle, which you can find in the New Testament, were composed while he was in prison. Letters such as the Epistle to the Philippians, which was written around 61 A.D. in Rome. Let us discover this Pauline Epistle, and answer to his call to find joy in the many challenges of life.
Epaphroditus had sent a donation through the Philippian Church to the Apostle Paul, who wrote a letter back to express his recognition and love for God, and encourage Christians to remain united in humility. He also instructed them to preach the glory of Christ with joy and faith, especially during hard times of persecution.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
“Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”