1 Thessalonians 6:16 – Rejoice always.
There are 3 things that Christians should do constantly; REJOICE, PRAY, and GIVE THANKS.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Constant rejoicing, unceasing prayer, continual thanksgiving; this is God’s will in Christ Jesus regarding us.”
To “Rejoice always.” This is our duty, which is also a privilege. God has made it possible for us to constantly rejoice. How much would our lives and our testimony count for Christ if only we did rejoice always.
Practical Reasons Why We Should Rejoice:
I. Joy of Sins Forgiven. Psalm 32:1 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
II. The Joy of Communion With God. 1 John 1:3; Psalm 16:11.
The fullness of joy in God’s presence is not only in heaven, in this present life, there is also the fullness of joy in God’s presence in communion with Him.
There are three ways of communion you can have with God.
- The first of these is PRAYER. Breathing out to God the desires of our hearts.
- The second method of communion is the method of THANKSGIVING.
- The third method of communion with God is the method of WORSHIP. Worship is different from either prayer or thanksgiving. In prayers, we are asking for something; in thanksgiving, we are returning thanks for something while in worship, we are bowing before God, referencing and adoring Him and His Son Jesus Christ.
III. The Joy of Feasting on the Word. Jeremiah 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
IV. The Joy of Victorious Service.
There is great joy in serving the one we love, and especially there is great joy if our service is effective. If we loves Christ, the service to worshipping Christ will always be successful and victorious.
V. The Joy of Winning Souls.
There is no joy in heaven that is so great as the joy of bringing someone else\’s to Christ.
VI. The Joy of Suffering for Christ. Acts 5:40.
VII. The Joy of the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 1:6.
Action Point: Begin to rejoice from now on!