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.