Devoted followers of Jesus are incredible people who have and sustain a positive perspective on life and the circumstances they face in life! I’ve met them and so have you… incredible trials, great suffering, unjust accusations, great persecution; but exhibiting faith, hope, love, joy, peace, a grateful spirit and contentment through it all!
Apostle Paul was that kind of Christian! I read a passage from his letter to the Philippians during my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning that exhibits those qualities. The words Paul wrote have a wonderful message in and of themselves… But they pack an even more powerful impact when you consider the circumstances from which they were written! Unjustly imprisoned for the Gospel of Christ, chained to Roman guards 24 hours a day, unable to travel and minister to the needs of Christians and churches that he loved, having to deal with the insincere motives of some carnal Christian leaders, and facing impending death… And from that situation and those circumstances he writes to Christians in Philippi and says…
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate [or “magnanimous”… look it up!] in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything! Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand! His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (from Philippians 4:4–7 The New Living Translation)
Perspective! Paul had a divine perspective on life! That’s what I want! God gives it! Apostle Paul exhibited it… But he’s not the only one! I’ve watched some wonderful Christians demonstrate it too in all kinds of incredibly difficult circumstances! I want to live with that kind of grace and goodness, don’t you?