My Joy and Crown // by Jordana Heldreth

By July 27, 2016Relationships

God did not design you to go through this life alone, and that is why He gives us wonderful ladies to do life with; that is why He ordained We Are Beautiful – to have a wonderful community of women to walk through life with.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, he loved them so deeply that he called them “my joy and crown”. What does this mean exactly?

God has designed us for relationships, and he has designed us to draw joy from those relationships. Godly friendships are ones that inspire you, challenge you, and encourage you. There is so much joy to be drawn from a God-ordained friendship, and that is what Paul is expressing here. He absolutely loved these people and had a deep bond with them. He wanted so badly to see them grow in the things of God. Paul looked at his relationship with the Philippian people with an eternal perspective meaning that he knew he would be carrying these people into eternity with him. They were his friends on earth, but then would be in heaven as well. Paul knew His reward waited in heaven for bringing these people into the kindgom of God.

How badly do you want to see your friends grow? What are you doing to help their growth? Are you looking at your friendships with an eternal perspective?

When the focus becomes less on your and what you are getting out of the friendship, and more on how you can serve your friends and fuel their growth-your relationships will go to such a deeper level. Let’s look beyond ourselves and look for ways to help our sisters out! There are friends out there who need the gifting and encouragement that you have to give!

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

Philippians 4:1


Sources: Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore

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