16 Rejoice always, 1 Thessalonians 5:16
‘Rejoice always’ is a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it? I mean, life is hard. Bad things happen. People get hurt; we get hurt. How can we possibly rejoice always?
But is it impossible to rejoice always?
No, of course not. However, don’t take it to mean we should rejoice at someone’s death or someone’s pain.
The joy we have in the Lord should overpower our sorrow or pain or the death of a loved one. That’s what rejoicing is all about.
As BibleRef states, “Joy, in the Bible, involves a trusting hope in Christ, leading to an eternal perspective (James 1:2–3; Hebrews 12:2)”
“A trusting hope in Christ with an eternal perspective.”
Now, with this definition in mind, can we rejoice always? Absolutely.
We may not understand what just happened or why, but we can rejoice knowing that God knows exactly the answer to those things.