Joy In the Lord

Paul wrote in his epistle to the church at Philippi, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)  Men find many things about which to rejoice – some good, some not so good.  For the Christian, however, our highest joy should always be in the Lord.

This joy begins at conversion.  Remember the Ethiopian Eunuch.  After his confession of faith and baptism – “He went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8:39)  And then there was the Philippian Jailor.  After his baptism – “He…rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” (Acts 16:34)  Maybe you remember your own joy when you came up from the waters of baptism.

But this is only the beginning.  The entire Christian life is meant to be one of joy.  Not that we do not experience sorrow as do all men.  But for the Christian there is always that underlying joy.  As Jesus said to his disciples, “Your joy no man taketh from you.” (John 16:22)

So as Paul put it: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say rejoice.”