“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
The verse above seems to be written on a very cheery note. Perhaps in your mind’s eye, the writer is chilling on a beach in the Bahamas, sipping exotic juice in one hand and writing with a ballpoint pen on the other.
He probably has a fat bank account and an even fatter relationship life. Why wouldn’t he ask you to rejoice again and again? He doesn’t know what you’re going through. Think again.
It might shock you to know that the Apostle Paul was in chains for the gospel when he wrote this letter (Phil 1:7, 13-14).
Why would a man who is in a Roman prison, unsure of whether or not he would get a fair trial, be so full of joy such that his letter can still communicate same after thousands of years?
Look closely at today’s verse again. It says to rejoice ‘in the Lord.’ Hallelujah! You have every reason to rejoice in the Lord.
He has blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before him in love.
We are full of joy regardless of our present situations. The truth still remains however that not many Christians experience this joy that the Bible speaks about.
What can be done about this?
Colossians 3:2 says: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
The term “Set your affections” comes from one Greek word which is “phroneo” and it means to interest oneself, to give special attention to something, or to regulate your mental disposition.
Now we’ve learnt that Joy is an inherent action, we have joy because we have the Holy Ghost. If this hasn’t been your experience, what you need to do is to interest yourself with the fact that you are full of joy.
You change that mental disposition of always being sad and give special attention to your joy.
Practice rejoicing. When you pray, rejoice. Because of what Jesus has done for you, God hears your prayers.
Whenever you see someone get saved, you rejoice. Whenever the word of God is preached, receive it with joy.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Regulate your thoughts. Fix your mind constantly on what God has done for you in Christ, and practice rejoicing!