Rejoicing Always!

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“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless in deed you fail the test?”

2 Corinthians 13:5(NASB95)

In this life we are asked to take numerous tests— a driver’s test, test for citizenship, or even a test insuring our health. This week in our highlighted scripture passage, the apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to take a test of greater importance than any test the world requires.  The Holy Spirit inspired Paul’s command to the Corinthians and left it for us to read and heed. Wednesday’s post, “What’s Your Answer?” presented the opportunity for us to test ourselves and know whether we are in the faith or not. If we passed the test, the final verse from our 2 Corinthians Overview contains a promise for us.

“Finally brethren rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace;

and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

2 Corinthians 13:5,11

Our Promises:

“and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

The God of love—

“For God so loved the world,

that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in Him should not perish,

but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

the God of … peace—

“Therefore having been justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith

into this grace in which we stand;

and we exult in hope of the glory of God …

Romans 5:1,2 

“and the God of love and peace—

shall be with you—

“Jesus answered and said to him,

‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word:

and My Father will love him,

and We will come to him,

and make Our abode with him …

Let your character be free from the love of money,

being content with what you have;

for He Himself has said,

‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU …

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

John 14:33; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20b

Our Praise:

Finally, brethren, rejoice—

“Draw me, we will run after thee:

the king hath brought me into his chambers:

we will be glad and rejoice in thee,

we will remember thy love more than wine:

the upright love thee …

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”

Song of Solomon 1:4KJV; Philippians 4:4

Rejoice because we who are in the faith have—

  • eternal life and will never perish,
  • the grace of God to stand in,
  • hope of the glory of God,
  • peace with God,
  • His Presence with us forever!

And finally, brothers and sisters in Christ, rejoice for as Jesus said,

“that your names are recorded in heaven.”

Luke 10:20b

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask nothing today, except to offer you the praise you are worthy of. You have given us all we stand in need of to share in godliness. What more is there to ask for. So, today, we offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving. We offer you ourselves. There is nothing else we can bring and even in that, it is you who has made our offering acceptable. Thank you, Lord.

“Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,

be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,

and unto the Lamb for ever and ever … Amen.” (KJV)

6 thoughts on “Rejoicing Always!

    1. There is a song in my mind we sang in the past that had the line, “Beautiful Savior” in it. That’s all I can remember. I will have to look it up sometime today. Thank you for bringing it to mind.

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