The Pruning

Rejoice Always!

In James Lee on May 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I gave a sermon a couple weeks ago on 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice always” and thought about if the Bible gave specific reasons to rejoice.  I mean, if we are to rejoice always, I figure we better have a lot of real, biblical reasons to rejoice!  so then I did a quick search of the word “rejoice” (and all its forms) in the NT to see all the examples and reasons to rejoice.  I noticed that there were at least 30 different reasons/examples for us to rejoice, and I thought it’d be helpful to list them all out in order to encourage everyone to truly REJOICE ALWAYS!  (Some of them are essentially the same reason but just worded differently as expressed in the text)

(1) Jesus was born (Matt 2:10, Luke 1:14)

(2) Reward in Heaven for persecution (Matt 5:12, Luke 6:23)

(3) Names are record in Heaven (Luke 10:20)

(4) When someone is lost but found (Luke 15:32)

(5) When Jesus calls your name (Luke 19:6)

(6) Jesus’ miracles ( Luke 19:37)

(7) Hearing Jesus’ voice (John 3:29)

(8) People’s salvation (John 4:36, Acts 11:23)

(9) The first coming of the Messiah (John 8:56)

(10) If you love Jesus (John 14:28)

(11) Jesus’ Return (John 16:20

(12) Worthy to suffer shame for his name (Acts 5:41)

(13) Personal converstion (Acts 8:39, 13:48)

(14) Hearing encouraging words (Acts 15:31)

(15) In hope (Rom 12:12)

(16) When others rejoice (Rom. 12:15)

(17) Believers are obedient (Rom 16:19, Col 2:5)

(18) With the truth (1 Cor. 13:6)

(19) Helpful brothers (1 Cor. 16:17)

(20) Care of other believers (2 Cor. 7:7, Phil 4:10)

(21) Sorrowful to the point of repentance (2 Cor. 7:9)

(22) When have joy (2 Cor. 7:13)

(23) In our weakness, other Christians are strong (2 Cor. 13:9)

(24) Christ is proclaimed (Phil 1:18)

(25) When expecting suffering (Phil 2:17)

(26) Suffering for the benefit of believers (Col 1:24)

(27) Proportional to degree of suffering (1 Peter 4:13)

(28) Walking in truth (2 John 4, 3 John 3)

(29) Satan is conquered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Rev 12:11-12)

(30) God’s judgment of behalf of believers over the “Great city” (Rev 18:20)

(31) Marriage of the Lamb to the Bride at the end (Rev 19:7)

And if this wasn’t enough, this is only from the New Testament.  To list out all the reasons to rejoice from the OT would be a very long list, but here are a few common reasons:

(1) Rejoice when giving offerings to the Lord

(2) Rejoice because of the goodness of the Lord

(3) Rejoice because of the vengeance of the Lord

(4) Rejoice because of battle victories.

When God calls us to rejoice always, he really means it.  The Bible is filled with specific reasons and examples of rejoicing giving us no excuse to rejoice always!

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