DAILY REFLECTION: REJOICE IN THE LORD – FRIDAY 12TH NOVEMBER, 2021.

FRIDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2021
THEME: REJOICE IN THE LORD
PASSAGE: PHILIPPIANS 4: 1 – 8
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm9:2“I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
HYMN: MHB 247 (6.6.6.6.8.6.) – REJOICE, the Lord is king!
MESSAGE
Writing this epistle to the Philippians from his house arrest in Rome, Apostle Paul was still full of joy and hope in the Lord. He was always looking towards heaven rather than the mundane things of this world. Here in our text for today, the great evangelist of his time urges believers to stand firm in the Lord, urging Euodias and Syntyche, who possibly were at loggerheads over an issue, “to be of the same mind in the Lord.” Verse 8 appears so musical that one wonders at the joy and happiness of the Apostle in his greatest travail, a lesson for all of us.
To rejoice is to express heartfelt gladness which comes from the Holy Spirit. Rejoicing is different from being happy. Happiness originates from emotion and it is short-lived.
Rejoicing in the Lord is when the body of Christ fulfills the will of God in fruitfulness and multiplication quantitatively and qualitatively through soul-winning. Rejoicing is complete when the ordained and the laity have the same vision and mission for the purpose of expanding the Kingdom Business.
No one should rejoice at the fall of a member or when members bear grudge against the other, when a member suffers as a result of lack of essential things of life. Rejoicing in the Lord is complete when superiority and inferiority complex are defeated and when we bear the burden of one another. Unfortunately, the body of Christ has lost the original unity of the early church as reported in Acts 4:31-37. Covid-19 exposed the laxity of the church and the need to re-order our priorities as Christians. How many Christians in the south feel for the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters in the north-east.
Therefore, rejoice in the Lord, not only that you belong to the Body of Christ and your name is written in the book of life, but also that you practise what our Lord requested from us in Matt. 25:31-46, and Matt. 5:44.
PRAYER: Lord Most High, let Your joy be the strength of my Christian journey, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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