1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you (Philippians 3).
Up to this point Paul has already shared twice about how he “rejoices” (1:18, 2:17) and twice concerning how he desires for them to “rejoice” (2:18, 2:28), thus the disclosure here about writing “the same things again.” The truth of the matter is, we can never read or hear too much of the same truths we need to live by. We can never really ever get to the point where we can say, “Oh yes, I’ve heard this all before, and I’ve got it.” No, we all need reminders, and we all need them often.
You see, for the growing Christian, the old truths never really get old. Well, perhaps they do get old, but they never get tiresome. There’s always a new beauty about them, for their light always shines with an ever increasing brilliance in the hearts of those whose hearts are bent toward them. The problem is, there are so very many truths, it is impossible to always stay focused on them all. Thus, we need reminders for the ones we have pushed aside for the sake of all our attention being placed on others.
Lord, thank You for this reminder to rejoice in You. If needed, please remind us many times This Day to do so. Amen.