“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
If I told you to guess where the writer of the above verse was when he wrote it, you’d probably guess he was at a fancy five-star hotel ‘living the life’.
The verse above seems to be written on a very cheery note. 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.
It might shock you to know that Apostle Paul was in chains for the gospel when he wrote this letter (Phil 1:7, 13,14).
Why would a man in a Roman prison, unsure of whether or not he would get a fair trial still be so full of joy such that his letter can still communicate the same after thousands of years?
Look closely at today’s verse again. It says to rejoice ‘in the Lord.’
Apostle reiterates this in his letter to the church at Thessalonica. It says “Rejoice evermore” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
This means that we are to be full of joy regardless of our challenging situations. The truth still remains however that not many Believers 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, to regulate your mental disposition.
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 can change that mental disposition of always being sad, and give special attention to your joy.
Practice rejoicing. When you pray, rejoice. Whenever you see someone get saved, you rejoice. Whenever the word of God is preached, receive it with joy.
Regulate your thoughts. Fix your mind constantly on what God has done for you in Christ, and practice rejoicing!