Paul starts this section on overcoming worry with a simple verse containing a simple command repeated two times:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Joy is a choice that we make and it’s based on the perspective that we take. Joy is not a byproduct of good circumstances, it’s a choice we make regardless of our circumstances because of a perspective we choose to keep in all things. Jesus chose joy even in the face of the cross:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God — Hebrews 12:2
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