“REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS”
By: Pastor Mark Johnson
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Paul exhorted the Philippian believers to rejoice in the Lord always. The Greek word for rejoice means to be full of cheer, to be calmly happy or well off, or to express joy. Notice what Paul said we’re to rejoice in – the Lord (not circumstances). How often are we to rejoice in the Lord? Always! In other words, no matter what is going on in your life, you can always rejoice in the Lord. No matter what is going on in your life, God is still God and God is still good! Because of this, we can always be full of cheer, we can always be calmly happy, we can always express joy. Why? Because joy come from our union with Christ, not from a particular set of circumstances.
It is interesting that Paul is writing to the Philippians from a prison (Phil. 1:13-14). In the four short chapters of Philippians, Paul uses the word “rejoice” or a form of the word sixteen times! How interesting that Paul was facing intense persecution and yet could focus on rejoicing in the Lord.
He rejoiced in his prayers for the Philippians (1:4). He rejoiced even when the gospel was being preached by some with insincere motives (1:18). He rejoiced that his life was being poured out as a drink offering (2:17). He rejoiced in the Philippians’ care for him (4:10).
What challenge are you facing in your life? No matter what you’re going through, rejoice in the Lord – always!