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Scripture Lesson: Philippians 3:1-3
3:1 Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.
2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh— 
While reading through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, coming to the 3rd chapter almost feels like spiritual whiplash! First, Paul reminds his congregation to rejoice in the Lord, then he warns them about the “dogs” that would rob them of their life and delight in Christ. Seems like a rather abrupt change in direction, doesn’t it?
And yet, what Paul is saying is that our joy is dependent on the awareness that we are saved by faith through the grace of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift to be cherished and celebrated! The danger is that others would rob you of the gift and deprive you of the joy.
Perhaps you have noticed that there are Christians who are deeply suspicious of any expression of joy, laughter, delight. These modern-day Puritans act as if fun and laughter are incompatible with faith and grace.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
God loves you! God is at work in you to complete the work begun when you accept Christ as your Lord! Rejoice in the Lord! And never let anyone take that joy from your heart.
Prayer: “Lord, today I intend to live in a way that others will see the joy that comes from the experience of Your love in my life! In Christ, Amen.”
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Php 3:1–3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.