What Does The Word Rejoice REALLY Mean?

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  1. What Does The Word Rejoice REALLY Mean?

    Philippians 4:4-7

    4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Why do you think Paul was so adiment to saying rejoice to the church in Philippi ? He told them " Rejoice" twice in one line .

    Paul wanted to encourage the church in their faith and instruct them in Christian living and to exort them . He says " rejoice " twice because he wanted the church to understand what he was saying and take it to heart.

    The church was struggling to follow Christ and they lived in a society filled with false gods and perverse living . Life was not easy for them because they stood out from every one else . THey were met with trials every day ,.

    Paul wants them to understand that no matter what they are going through they still needed to rejoice in the fact that Jesus Christ is our strong tower and that they were to remain joyful , cheerful and calmly happy through it all .

    And isn't that what we are expected of as well? We need to praise Him in the midst of what ever we are going through . Paul was teaching them that God desires that we worship Him and rejoice in and be joyful in His presence through the good and the bad because no matter what : He is good.

    The Greek word for rejoice is " chairo " . The word can mean " to be cheerful , or calmly happy " The word can also be used as a salutaion , whether greeting or parting with someone When used as a salutation , the word can mean " be well , farewell , be glad " God speed " .
    IN other words this one greek word " Chairo " can be used to describe a behaviour and attitude or to greet or bid farewell .

    Interesting fact : This word is used in sixteen books in the New Testament for a total of 68 times.
  2. Thanks Dusty :)

    hmm the suffix "re" may imply to be happy "again?" or be in Joy, again?

    but probly not in the greek tho . thanks again . very good Dusty .
  3. No problem ... You are welcome .

    You ready for some more Greek ?

    Philippians 4:5 ..... Let your gentleness be evident to all .

    We are told to be gentle to everyone no matter what . The greek word for gentleness is " epieikeia" This word is difficult to translate . The best English translation and meaning is : yielding , kind , forbearing , and lenient , but no single word is adequate . " Epieikeia" refers to a spirit that is rasonable , fair- minded and cahritable . It describes someone wiling to yield his or her own right to show consideration and kindness to others.

    We may find it easy to be gentle with some people and discard others that offend us , but Paul commanded gentleness toward everyone . Paul used the same word in 2 Corinthians 10:1 where he spoke of the " meekness and the genlteness of Christ "

    Jesus never sacrificed truth in order to be gentle , but He always had a gentle spirit that often disarmed those set against Him .

    A gentle person , rather than a weak - willed or passive one , trusts that God controls the world and the they need not worry . They can take all of it without retaliating , and be forceful without malice or vengefulness.
  4. Ah Gentle (1st Peter 3:4) always wondered about that one . thanks Dusty :)
  5. The dictionary meaning is to feel or show great happiness about something. This word has been used in Bible several times. Rejoicing to the Lord is a way of thanking God for everything He has done to us. He is a wonderful God and we should have no any other god apart from Him. :dance:

  6. Yes Joshua .... that's right . Rejoicing in the Lord is not only striving for a joyful attitude toward God but also our actions in relationship to Him .

    Serving God is challenging , but it should bring us joy and fulfill us in a way that nothing else can .

    In scripture we can see the God asks for our all . When He asks us to rejoice this means in ALL aspects of our lives . It means our actions , our thoughts, and when no one is watching and also when people are watching.

    Rejoicing in the Lord takes integrity . Rejoicing in the Lord produces intimacy . We are brought closer into His presence when we glorify Him . We are also made stronger in our relationship with Him .

    I am sure this is what every one of us desires .
  7. Thank you Dusty. As a lay teacher that is very interesting to know.
  8. You are welcome , Bill . Please feel free to comment and add your thoughts.
  9. As I was reading the passage in 1 Chronicles 29 this morning I was reminded again about our joy in the Lord . I was also reminded as David said in verse 15 our time on earth is like a shadow . When I think about it , yes our journey of life is but a shadow of time as time passes very quickly .

    1 Chronicles 29 : 10 - 20 is a reflection of David's prayer to God as he praises God and does it in front of all the people as an example of his gratitude to the Lord . He wanted to encourage them to give honour to God for all He gave them . But David also wanted to remind the people where everything comes from in the first place . ; telling them that it all belongs to God so their gold and silver that they had given was God's in the first place.

    I like what he said about our time on earth is just a shadow . I find now in my senior years that to be so true .

    The fact that David honoured God , telling Him about His greatness and His all powerful being should be sufficient for us to ": piggyback " on knowing we serve a rich , and powerful God who rules over every thing and has the power to make anyone great and strong .

    David says we are like foreigners and strangers in this land just passing through.

    David praises and rejoices to see the people , happy in their giving which leads us to the question " Do we give out of obligation or from our heart with rejoicing ? "

    Serving and obeying are part and parcel of God's plan but if we are serving for people's accolades ---- again , it is for the wrong motives . God desires that we be humble , thankful and joyful .
  10. Going back to the original verse ... Paul says . " Do not be anxious about anything , but in everything , by prayer and petition , with thanksgiving , present your requests to God And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding , will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus .

    Verse 6 gives us 4 steps to lay down our worries .

    Verse 7 shows us what happens when we lay down our worries .

    If you and I follow these steps exactly , we can be set free from fear , turmoil and defeat.

    Step #1 .... Prayer .

    The Greek word " proseuche" .... Literally translated it is a " face -to- face " exchange

    Proseuche is a compound of words " pros" and " euche "

    The word pros is a preposition that means towards which means closeness ., close , up- front , intimate contact with some one else .

    the second part " euche" describes a wish , desire , a vow

    So in regards to this verse Paul says instead of carrying our worries and burdens , we are to take the first step " Come close to the Lord in prayer . Once we are in that face- to - face intimate relationship with God we can then ask Him to take away all our worries. . In exchange for the worries , He will give us peace.

    Step #2.... ; Petition .

    THe second step is found in the word petition . The Greek word is " deisis: " The word means to beg , beseech , earnestly appeal .

    This word pictures a person in such great need that they feel compelled to push aside any pride so that they can earnestly , boldly , strongly and passionately cry out for some help and assistance.

    Paul used this word to tell us we can get very bold when we ask God to move on our behalf . We can tell God exactly what we are feeling , what we are facing and what we want Him to do for us .

    Step #3 .... Thanksgiving .

    The third step is , God expects us to thank Him for being good to us . It is not right to ask with boldness without thanking Him .

    The Greek word for thanksgiving is " eucharistia" and again is a compound of two words " eu" means good or well and the word ' charis " is the Greek word for grace. and when the two are put together they describe an outpouring of grace and of wonderful feelings that flow freely from our heart.

    Paul is teaching us that when we earnestly ask God to do something special for us that we must match it with earnest outpouring of thanks . Thanking God in advance demonstrates faith.

    Step #4..... Present Your requests .

    The fourth step out of worry and anxiety is when we present our requests to the Lord and comes form the Greek word " gnoridzo " meaning to make a thing known ; to declare something ; to broadcast something or make something evident .

    This plainly means that your asking can be extremely bold . Declare to the Lord what you need ; broadcast it loudly that all of heaven hears you when you pray .

    As long as our prayers are based on the Word of God we can have the assurance of God's promises regarding the issues we are most concerned about .

    When we follow Pauls' 4 steps found in verse 6 .... then peace is promised ; guaranteed to us .


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