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Re: Christ's Ways
« Reply #221 on: September 04, 2019, 09:41:17 am »
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Phil 4:4 . . Rejoice in the Lord always. I say again: Rejoice!

Words and grammar in the Bible convey information; otherwise language serves no useful purpose. When The Lord says "always" he means always or he wouldn't say always. So then, part-time rejoicers in the Lord are failing to comply with God's wishes.

There is a joy available from Christ that's able to overcome all the sadness this world can possibly throw at you.

"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your own joy might be full." (John 15:11)

The koiné Greek word for "joy" in that verse is chara (khar-ah') which doesn't mean ecstasy; but rather: cheerfulness; viz: calm delight and/or gladness; in other words: pacific. This doesn't mean believers should be bubbling over all the time; but it sure does mean they shouldn't be overwhelmed with feelings of despair and melancholy sadness all the time; or even some of the time. Paul says to rejoice "always" which of course is beyond human capability; but not beyond the power of God.

"The fruit of the Spirit is joy." (Gal 5:22)
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