~ What Should a Christian Rejoice About Regardless of Circumstances ~
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!” (Joel 2:21). This four-part series looks at the Who, What, When, Where, and How of Biblical rejoicing.
What Should We Rejoice About?
Rejoice About God’s Salvation ~ “My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation” (Psalm 13:5b). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice” (1 Peter 1:3-6a). “We will rejoice in your salvation” (Psalm 20:5a).
Rejoice About Saved Sinners ~ Jesus gave the parable of the Prodigal Son. “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:22-24).
Rejoice About Christ Jesus ~ “We are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:6-9).
Rejoice In The Lord ~ “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18). “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity” (Philippians 4:10).
important ~ Any Christian who remains conscious of all that Christ has done for them at the Cross of Calvary and all they possess because they are a child of God will maintain an on-going attitude of gratitude regardless of their earthly situation.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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