Summary: To show that our portion in life left out by CHRIST is for us to rejoice.
Do you always rejoice?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our portion in life left out by CHRIST is for us to rejoice.
Philippians 4:4-5 (Amplified Bible)
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].
Rejoice and inherit the whole earth. Our portion in life left out by CHRIST is for us to rejoice.
Rejoice in the LORD always
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.
C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:
1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers
2. To thank them for their gift
3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy
D. To whom written: Philippian believers
E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Again and always rejoice in the LORD
"Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!"
1. Definitions of rejoice, again and always
a. Definition of : Rejoice is "chairo" in Greek, meaning "cheer"
1) calmly happy or well off
2) impersonal especially as a salutation
3) be well, be glad, GOD speed, greeting, hail
b. Definition of again: Again is "palin" in Greek, meaning:
3) once more
5) on the other hand
c. Definition of always: Always is "pantote" in Greek, meaning
1) every when
2) at all times
2. Many reasons to rejoice, here are some:
a. Blessings of spiritual life
Our rejoicing came not from this world, so therefore it's out of this world, while everyone without CHRIST, their joy are based on outward appearance, they're happy because they have money, and if none, they're sad, that's about how shallow people without CHRIST are. But we our joy rooted and came from our FATHER GOD who is out of this world, Awesome and Amazing FATHER GOD.
Isaiah 61:10 (Amplified Bible)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
b. Delight of GOD's Words
Jeremiah 15:16 (Amplified Bible)
Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.
c. Love of CHRIST
1 Peter 1:8 (Amplified Bible)
Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
d. In the LORD
Psalms 37:4 (Amplified Bible)
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
e. Our names are written in Heaven
Luke 10:20 (Amplified Bible)
Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.
Finally, be glad-hearted in our faith in CHRIST JESUS because we know deep inside that CHRIST JESUS is Victorious and we will reign with Him in life victoriously.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (Amplified Bible)
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
B. Let your gentleness be evident to all
"Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit)."
Ephesians 4:2 (Amplified Bible)
Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.
Colossians 3:13 (Amplified Bible)
Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
James 3:17 (Amplified Bible)
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).
1 Corinthians 13:7 (Amplified Bible)
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
We should be experts in gentleness displaying CHRIST's gentleness and meekness in us. No one can shake us, no one can rob us of these joy, because we know that the meek inherit the earth, not the violent, not the aggressive, not the wise.