“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4: 4)
There is more to life than simply getting by, maintaining, surviving with the least amount of struggle and pain. We have the right to be really happy. In fact, God demands our joy because it is His own quality. As His image, if we are to actively and accurately glorify Him—to express and magnify on earth God’s own nature and intention—we must rejoice.
This verse reminds us to rejoice in the Lord—to praise and celebrate goodness, Life, and Love. Paul is telling those listeners and followers of Christ to be sure not to forget the joy that Jesus came announcing. He reiterates this message, for it is vitally important. Being good and doing good, living the Life God gave us, is a cause for rejoicing, celebrating. Mortal mind, those limiting beliefs of the senses, would justify sadness, worry, discouragement, and apathy. But, those lies don’t have to hold us. We have the right, the divine demand, to be happy!
So take a pause and realize that you can rejoice in the Lord, because you reflect His joy, His pleasure with His creation and His certainty of good. Don’t argue for anything less than what God would give you. Your happy life is a life that celebrates God. Claiming this joy for ourselves daily and gratefully, we bring ourselves into harmony with God’s own purpose and so this mighty power is on our side.
Rejoice and rejoice again and again. God’s Life is yours to live, and it is one that is full of infinite possibilities, comfort, love, and genuine and generous joy!
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