Shelby G. Floyd
There is an innate desire in the heart of every person for joy and happiness. This propensity is uni¬versal in the human race. The Bible is full of teach¬ing concerning joy and happiness. Such words as joy, rejoice and glad abound in the Holy Scriptures. God wants every human being to be filled with holy joy. Therefore, he has made every provision for man’s hap¬piness, both here and hereafter. These provisions are found in the revelation of his will, the Bible. Since this is true, we may expect to see an emphasis in the Bible on the subject of gladness of heart, joy and happiness.
The Bible Emphasis on Gladness
For instance, notice these great statements from the pen of the apostle Paul concerning gladness of heart: “Rejoicing in hope” (Romans 12: 12), “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15), “Rejoice evermore” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16). From these wonderful statements we notice that hope is the foundation of our rejoicing; our rejoicing grows out of our hope which we have in Christ Jesus. We also find that we are to rejoice not spasmodically, but we are to rejoice evermore, that is, continually. Also, we are not selfishly to keep this joy with ourselves, but we are to share it with others. We are to rejoice with them that do rejoice. Continue reading “Rejoice”