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Rejoice in the Lord

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

Over and over again in the book of Philippians, Paul instructs the church to rejoice in the Lord. We might assume this to be general advice for all Christians, but when we examine the circumstances at Philippi, it makes these statements quite remarkable. We understand rejoicing when all is well, but Paul is suggesting rejoicing when all is not well. The Philippians are to…

rejoice in the midst of suffering.
rejoice even though some preach Christ for impure reasons.
rejoice when there is conflict in the church.
rejoice when you are being attacked by false teachers.
rejoice while living in a pagan culture.
rejoice in the face of death.

Rejoicing in the Lord is the place from which Christians are to operate. If we are not rejoicing in the Lord, then we are not prepared to address suffering, death, conflict, a pagan culture, or anything else that comes our way. We are not to operate from a place of anger, bitterness, resentment, envy, etc. Our lives are to be centered around Christ and his blessings.

The times we live in present many challenges. We have endured a pandemic. We face political turmoil and unhealthy partisanship. Some are dealing with economic difficulties, sickness, or the loss of a loved one. Quite a few churches are struggling to survive. People are lonely and anxious. What word does God have for us in these times? It is the same word he gave the Philippians. Rejoice in the Lord.

When you come together, rejoice in the Lord. When you are at home, rejoice in the Lord. When you meditate, rejoice in the Lord. When you pray, rejoice in the Lord. If we have a healthy relationship with Jesus, we will be ready for whatever comes our way. We may not like our circumstances, but we will be able to put them in perspective and deal with them in a Christlike manner.

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