"Rejoice in the Lord always."
Text: Philippians 4:4
THE THEME OF REJOICING
The theme of “rejoicing” is a profound theme in the Scriptures. It is certainly found in the Psalms. It is also developed in the Gospels and Epistles. The apostle Paul summarised the significance of the practice of rejoicing in the Lord in the following text.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
a) This is one of several words that is translated “rejoice” (Greek “chairo”).
b) Paul used this same word in his epistle to the Philippians (Philippians 1:18; 2:17; 4:10).
c) Meaning: “To be filled with joy”.
i) It is a feeling of joy.
ii) It is a state of joy.
2. “Rejoice in the Lord”
a) The source of joy is in the Lord.
b) It is the Lord who gives this fullness of joy (John 15:11).
c) It is the Spirit of God who creates this fruit of joy (Galatians 5:22).
3. “Rejoice in the Lord always”
a) It is possible to maintain this joy always.
b) Paul certainly demonstrated this.
i) Even when he was in prison (Philippians 1:18, 19).
ii) He prayed with joy (Philippians 1:4).
4. “Again I will say, rejoice”
a) Paul sought to apply this thought strongly.
i) Joy is a choice.
ii) It is a gift from the Lord.
iii) It is an appropriate response to all of life’s circumstances (including harsh ones).
iv) It reflects deep spiritual maturity and strength.
v) It reflects both character and personality.