In Philippians Paul counsels, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
He repeats himself immediately – “I will say it again – Rejoice!” (Phil 4.4)
Happiness depends on circumstances; joy depends on Jesus.
So…no matter what…we can…we should…rejoice!
Richard Mayhue writes, “Thankfully, joy is an all-season response to life. Even in the dark times, sorrow enlarges the capacity of the heart for joy. Like a diamond against black velvet, true spiritual joy shines brightest against the darkness of trials, tragedies and testing.”
Read that again…slowly. Maybe one more time?
I’m stuck on “sorrow enlarges the capacity of the heart for joy.”
I want to live in joy…not so eager to have the sorrow that increases the intensity of that joy.
How about you?