Speaking the Truth in Love

Reasons to Rejoice!

The Bible speaks a number of times regarding reJoicing.   David Stated “This is the day which the Lord has made,, one ‘ , and then he added’. “We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. llS:24)_ Why isn’t that JUSt as true today as the day David wrote it? A celebrated writer once wrote, “Every new day is a miracle.” The point: “the Lord did not owe us another day, but He gave • II It to US. In the days of Nehemiah, when the people of God had combined their efforts in a great cause, they were coaxed to rejoice, and were reminded: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). Then the people responded with great rejoicing “because they now understood the words that had been made known to them” (Neh. 8:12). Even in the shadow of the hideous cross, Jesus told the disciples, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Of course, they were not glad that Jesus had to suffer so, but were to rejoice at the happy results-their redemption (cf. Eph. 1:7; Rom. 3:24-25). It is recorded of the early church that they “received their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46, ESV). In the marvelous book of Philippians, we read that Paul counseled Christians to “rejoice in the Lord” (Phil. 3:1); and then a chapter later repeated, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and ~gain I will say rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). The Thessalonians were mStructed similarly, to “rejoice always” (1 Thess. S:lG). What a wonderful reason Jesus gave the early disciples to rejoice when He said, “rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Have ” · · e ” that . . we ever thought that when we are told to reJOIC ‘ 1t 1rn r · · not P ies making a conscious effort to do so? Happiness is autornar . ” . 1c-1t’sachoice! . ReJoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4)

Joe G . Oodspeed via Charnb Ch ersburg church of Christ arnbersburg, PA

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