Humility: The Way of Joy
Jesse M. Hendley
Now if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Philippians, chapter 2, and remember that the theme of the Epistle to the Philippians is JOY, the Christian's JOY.
Joy comes from unity among God's people. Unity comes from humility. That is the only way to have harmony one among another. If we ''stand up for our rights'' and look out after ''ourselves'' all the time there will be friction. But humility will bring harmony, and the only way for us to HAVE humility is for us to ESTEEM OTHERS BETTER THAN OURSELVES. So the way to Christian Joy is HUMILITY!
Jesus said that He would give us a joy that the world could not give, a joy that the world could not take away, a joy that nothing in life or death or eternity could ever take away from us. What IS that joy? It is called ''The joy of faith,'' in Philippians 1:25. Joy and victory over everything! Christian joy!
I have in my study a book by Dr. A. T. Robertson, the great Greek scholar, now in heaven. He divides Philippians into several sections. He speaks of JOY being the keynote. Paul's JOY in prayer; Paul's JOY in service; Paul's JOY even in the prospect of death.
When Paul thought about Death it wasn't something gloomy and morbid. No, sir! Paul was LOOKING FORWARD to it! He said, ''If I die, it is far better, because I will be with CHRIST. To depart and be with Christ is far BETTER.'' He tells us that very plainly. Paul said, ''For me to die is GAIN.'' There is no gloom here, no dark shadows, valleys. Nothing of the sort. Nothing but victory. Paul's JOY in the prospect of DEATH. One of the most joyous things in the world is the DEATH of a CHRISTIAN, because he goes immediately to be with CHRIST. He is with the Lord. He is in heaven, beyond suffering.
Dr. Robertson said in a foreword to one of his later editions of his book on Philippians, something like this: ''Since my first edition of this book, I have been called on to find joy in Christ in th ...
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