If you were in prison because of your faith, what would be the content of a letter you sent to a friend? Where would your focus be - on what you are experiencing (living conditions, treatment by the guards, etc.) or would you write a letter to encourage your reader, to count it all joy, encouraging her to rejoice in the midst of her pain and suffering? Would you point your reader to her relationship with the Lord and to a believer's eternal hope or would your focus be on you and your circumstances? Paul shares with us in the book of Philippians that there will be suffering, but then gives us the keys to be independent of circumstances and full of joy.
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