2nd May 2019

Always be Joyful

“Rejoice Always…”
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NKJV)

Is it possible for anyone, especially Christians, to be always joyful? This world seems to be such a sad place. Yet, Scripture (quoted above) tells us to be always joyful. Let’s face it: there are times when feeling joyful may be replaced by feeling of being a little miserable. So should we disregard Paul’s instruction to be joyful? Certainly not!

Paul, was instructing the Thessalonians to “always be joyful,” and he was quite aware of their difficult circumstances. He was greatly impressed by the way they had responded to the Good News, with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought them (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7), “And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit”.

The Thessalonians could hardly be expected to be delighted about the severity of their situation, but it was appropriate for them to be excited (joyful) about the message of God’s grace to which they had been introduced.

We have received the Holy Spirit and our Joy comes from him (Galatians 5:22). Christians do live lives full of surprises. But they have the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. And believers will experience the fullness of joy at Christ coming! (1 Thessalonians 2:19) “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the joy that you have given us. We can experience joy and rejoice always because of the sacrifice your son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, made on our behalf at Calvary. In Jesus’ name we thank you.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church