Rejoice Always?

Read

Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CEB)
16Rejoice always. 17Pray continually. 18Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Reflect

Do you know what “rejoice” means? It means to be glad about or to take delight in a situation.

Is it possible to rejoice always? Is it possible to give thanks in all circumstances? Some circumstances aren’t all that joyful. Some circumstances are extremely sad or very frustrating.

Can God use diversity or painful situations to bring about good? What examples can you think of? What affect can going through a bad time have on your faith in God?

From where do we get comfort in difficult times? Read Philippians 4:6-7 again. It tells us not to fret or fear because through prayer, we can tap into God’s peace—a peace that is so thorough that words can’t even describe it.

We may not always understand what God has in mind for a particular situation, but we do know, from reading Romans, that God works for good for us in all things.

Respond

1 Thessalonians 4:17 says, “Pray continually.” Try that out. Get into the habit of saying short one-sentence prayers throughout the day: “Dear God, what a beautiful day!” “Help me, Lord, to make a wise decision.” “Give me patience, oh God.” “Thank you for being near me.”

Pray continually and begin to experience the peace of God.

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