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1 Thessalonians 5:16 is such a simple verse, and the two words pantote chairete constitute the shortest verse in the Bible. What a great and easy verse to have implanted on the heart; especially while living in this crazy world. It is easy to get overwhelmed with circumstances, and let them control our attitude for the day. Paul knew human nature enough that he left us a very simple reminder to rejoice at all times. Paul is commanding, and not just merely suggesting. He is not saying it might be a good thing to do sometimes, but rather he is saying, “do it-rejoice always.”
God wants us to be joyful, and there are a lot of reasons that we ought to be. Our joy does not come from our life circumstances, but from the fact that as believers of Christ all of the many blessings that we have. Paul commands the same thing to the Philippians (3:1 & 4:4). When we let our circumstances control our attitude in a way other than being joyful then we are breaking this command. If a Christian remains in sadness or depression then he mistrusts God’s power, providence, and forgiveness.
What does it mean to be joyful? Merriam-Webster defines it as, “to experience great pleasure or delight.” It seems easier said than done sometimes. Some circumstances are much easier than others. God is our source of joy. In him our joy will be full. The best that we have is God, and that fact is great than everything else. 2 Corinthians 6:10 is an example of living out “rejoicing always.” “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” Sometimes we may be sad, but there is reason to rejoice because we are in Christ. We may not have much as far as possession, but God’s love makes us rich and we can show others God’s love and make them rich too. God is our greatest possession (we are his too) and the reason to rejoice always.
So take great pleasure and delight no matter your circumstance, because our identity in Christ is greater than anything. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds (James 1:2).” Consider it joy, deem it joy, call it joy, and reckon it joy. Even if you don’t feel joyful-consider it joy! The reason is that trials, tough times, and hard circumstances work patience. REMEMBER THIS: Something good is happening in tough circumstances. As hard as the circumstance may be to bear, God has a purpose for it, and His purpose is always good.
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