Monday 13 December 2021

St Paul was in prison uncertain whether he would live or die, yet he wrote these words ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.’ He could only do so in the knowledge that God has triumphed gloriously over sin and death and opened the way to eternal joy. He was aware that his citizenship was not of this world but was a citizenship of God’s heavenly kingdom. Let joy be the first characteristic of God’s people in this place!