Please read Philippians 4:1-7
Verse 4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Chapters three and four consist of exhortations to holy living, and to an effort to make great progress in the Christian life. In other words, our life should be full of compassion and care, and this is one of the most beautiful appeals to persuade Christians to devote themselves to the service of the Lord, but they ought to do it with joy.
The appeal is from Paul’s statement of his own feelings, and is one the Philippians could not help but feel, because they knew him well. We too, are encouraged to rejoice in the Lord for many reasons:
- For our own sake.
Think about the fact that there is no reward in heaven or in this life for being the droopiest Christian. Someone said, “It is foolish for us to refuse the joy offered by God, because Christianity and joy grows out of the Gospel.”
- For the sake of the Gospel and the church.
Joy is invigorating and it spreads. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
Someone else said, “If there is no virtue in melancholy, it is foolish to refuse the gladness offered by God. Needless melancholy is sinful when it paralyzes our energies.”
- For the sake of others.
Our joy will be sunshine to others if it is true and genuine, on the other hand, our gloom will make others miserable. Here is a truth to hold onto: By manifesting our joy we are literally inviting others to share in the benefits of the Gospel.
- For Jesus and the sake of the lost.
Not only does rejoicing please God, but it also causes others to see our joy and makes them curious. Christians are commanded to rejoice, because it is not for life’s circumstances but rejoice in the Lord.
Three things to consider: Continued Tomorrow!