Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe (Philippians 3:1 KJV)
Paul encouraged the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord. He acknowledged he had given this exhortation to them before but is repeating it because it is an important principle he does not want them to forget. The same is true for you and me today. The Lord again reminds us to rejoice in Him always.
Joy is a virtue of the heart. The word “rejoice” is a verb that communicates an action. It essentially means to cause our hearts to exercise joy. He adds the short phrase “in the Lord,” defining the sphere of this rejoicing. The Lord is the Source and the reason for the joy. It implies seeing life through the eyes of the Lord’s love and grace for us. We rejoice in the blessings He has given to us. When we are going through difficulties, we rejoice because He is watching over us and will make all things work for our good.
I have explained the reason for this commandment in another devotional. Joy is a critical factor that impacts the status, health, and wellbeing of our entire life. There is a reason Satan often begins his attacks on us by causing fear, bitterness, or anxiety. These spiritual states make us spiritually vulnerable to many evils. Project your joy.
What is the difference between joy and rejoicing? What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord?
Apply the Word
It will take the Spirit of God for us to rejoice in trouble. It is not an ordinary commandment. However, if you want to know God’s presence and the dominant power in the circumstances, preserve joy in your heart. Rejoice always!
Ask the Father to help you jealously protect your joy.