A Rejoicing Attitude!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Voice)
It all begins with our focus, our perspective, which in turn affects our attitude.
In the original language of the Bible, rejoice is the word chairo.
rejoice – chairo – to be cheerful, calmly happy, to rejoice exceedingly, be well and thrive.
Rejoice or celebrate always is the command. I love this! I’m always up for a celebration. I love gathering with friends and family to fellowship together. At our house it usually involves food, lots of conversation, laughter, singing and sharing of stories. But we all know that life isn’t always a celebration.
- Sometimes life is hard.
- Sometimes life hurts.
- Sometimes life is harried.
But we are still called to rejoice and celebrate! So how do we do that in the hard, hurting and harried times of life?
“Rejoicing is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, releasing its grip on anything else it thinks it needs.” —Tim Keller
How do we change our perspective & attitude to rejoice always?