"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous" etc. If a Christian cannot rejoice always no man can. Paul repeats his words as though aware that it might seem a hard saying. )The duty of rejoicingH. (6)His farewell to them was, "Rejoice in the Lord" (Philippians 3:1). Such was the selfish life of the heathen, without God. The FUTURE presents a joyful outlook. They knew that they grew older, and nearer the grave, and beyond that they knew nothing. THE VERY SORROWS OF THE CHRISTIAN ARE TO BE REJOICED IN. They saw the roses which crowned their heads wither and die; they saw the pale messenger, death, knocking with impartial hand at the doors of rich and poor alike. So St. Peter (1 Peter 4:12-13). The reason has its moments of inexpressible delight. That is the sacred circle wherein the Christian's life should always be spent.2. Naturally wishful of independence he dislikes the idea of one above him who can dispose of him according to His pleasure. And here is the triumph of infidelity; and the inquirer after religion is deterred when he sees in its professors, how it defers the happiness of which he is in search.IV. -When I attended Bible college the president of the college and the seminary was Roberston McQuilken. We are to rejoice because —1. When much is taken it counts up how much is left, and turns the evil round to find a better face upon it, thinking of the worse that might have been.3. He who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross says, "Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full."VI. "Oh" says one, "I might be joyful if I were not so harassed with care." The man who can amuse himself at the expense of wife and children or any of his fellows, cannot rejoice in the Lord, and such amusements will always be unhallowed and unblessed.(Dr. He who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross says, "Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full."VI. Who should accept the challenge but an old bent woman in most antiquated attire, who went up to the lecturer and said, "Sir, I have a question to put to you." HOW MAY WE MAKE THIS JOY OUR OWN? Never lose sight of the fountain of gladness.4. This gave just sufficient impetus for the moving of the vessel out of the strong current into smooth water, and she was saved. JOY AND SORROW IN THE SAME HEART AND AT THE SAME TIME ARE PERFECTLY COMPATIBLE. Right spiritual-mindedness does not unfit us for the duties of life. After second thoughts, he feels that he may fitly repeat the exhortation.4. To be content is not to murmur, not to wish for a better lot; to rejoice is to be right glad, and to be persuaded that we have got the best we could expect.2. (5)It was his joy that he should not run in vain (Philippians 2:16). There are three simples growing just by the gate of the King's garden, and whoever will cultivate and mix them shall have this balm.1. "To enjoy myself." If earthly friends, pleasures, etc., rouse in us keen sensations of delight, and this name which is above every name, this love which transcends earthly affections, finds and leaves us cold and unconcerned, be sure that it cannot be well with us.2. Can this be the duty of the disciples of the "Man of Sorrows"? The key to this is "in the Lord." He twice commands, because we are slow to obey.3. O! There I expect to be happy." I am confounded with this question, and begin to fancy myself in the most deplorable condition imaginable." The religion that rejoices in the Lord must have something intense about it. This power is one of the great motive forces of the Christian life. (5)It was his joy that he should not run in vain (Philippians 2:16). When the grandeur, beauty, and love of the Divine nature are presented to a man, they draw some response from every part of his nature which corresponds to that which is presented. THE COMMAND GROUNDED ON THE FACTS.1. REJOICE IN THE LORD. That is what my religion has done for me. THERE ARE SOME PRECEPTS OF SCRIPTURE WHICH WE MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY IN PERFORMING, BUT WHICH, AT LEAST, WE HAVE THE POWER OF ATTEMPTING. Those "whose names are in the book of life" may well have within their breasts, even now, the sweetness and the calm of their promised bliss. The Man of Sorrows was "anointed with the oil of joy above His fellows. (1) Our pleasures must be pure and unselfish, to be indulged in in the spirit of holiness and kindly consideration for others. Christ has made peace with God.2. HOW MAY WE MAKE THIS JOY OUR OWN? All knowledge is delightful to the human mind because it involves contact with fact, and this contact is welcome to the mind because the mind is made for God the Truth of truths, in whom as manifested in His Son are "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."2. WHAT TEACHING THERE IS IN THE TEXT RESPECTING THE LAWFULNESS OF AMUSEMENTS AND THE MAIN PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE US.1. Riches may abound, but we know they are of no value compared to those in heaven; health may flourish, but what is that compared with life for evermore; friends and families may grow up and multiply the joy of all we have, but these serve only the more to make us glad that we have a Friend who will never fail and a home where with them we may enjoy His blessed company forever.2. Yet James (James 1:2) tells us to rejoice. The sturdy plant Confidence — the superlative degree of hope; that in the dark today sings of a bright tomorrow; that does not think or believe that a loving Father orders all things, but rests in the assurance of it.2. St. Paul tells all Christians to do, "Count it all joy when you fall into divers trials. (4) Nor a natural hopefulness that forgets the past, and doesn't trouble much about the future.2. He alone is the key to unlock its varied and mysterious powers, to discover their true range and capacity: and as this is the case with the other emotions so it is with joy. We are to rejoice because —1. A richer joy may be found in discharging life's duties and bearing its burdens so as to secure God's approval than in any amount of amusement.3. "Well, my good woman, what is it?" The man who can amuse himself at the expense of wife and children or any of his fellows, cannot rejoice in the Lord, and such amusements will always be unhallowed and unblessed.(Dr. If God makes us glad we may be always glad. It is not given to many of us to soar to great heights; much less to live there. How much of the mental life you bestow so ungrudgingly on His creatures is given to Him! The Saviour's own express command to His disciples sets this directly before us (Luke 10:20).(J. The opposite to this joy is not sorrow. Nothing is easier, more common, or disheartening than the way we exaggerate religious joy. Thus may we pray not to be led into it, and yet when brought into it rejoice that by God's grace we may come out of it triumphant.4. The reason has its moments of inexpressible delight. When much is taken it counts up how much is left, and turns the evil round to find a better face upon it, thinking of the worse that might have been.3. We cease to breathe; but we still feel, think, love, and are beloved. Then rejoice.3. "Be careful for nothing. Yes; but the text says: "Rejoice in the Lord." Such, e.g., as to forsake a bad habit or to undertake a certain course of action. There was always a shadow across their path, a skeleton at their feast. Paul rejoiced. BUT THERE ARE OTHERS WHICH SEEM TO ENJOIN WHAT IS BEYOND OUR POWER, e.g., those which demand a particular aspect of mind, whatever may be our feelings, such as our text. The Man of Sorrows was "anointed with the oil of joy above His fellows. How far may it be indulged? Philippians 4:6–7 ESV 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. "In everything by prayer," etc. More flies are caught by a spoonful of honey than by a barrel of vinegar.5. But in that open earth I drop seed, and cover up again, and by and by the ground is covered with beautiful flowers — does the earth mourn now? The extinction of sin, the removal of all hindrances to holiness, the full blessedness of body and soul in heaven. W. Sin destroys it in a moment. (c)Nor even in religious successes (Luke 10:20). We are bidden to rejoice "in the Lord." "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." How is it, then, that we make such a mess of our amusements. THERE ARE SOME PRECEPTS OF SCRIPTURE WHICH WE MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY IN PERFORMING, BUT WHICH, AT LEAST, WE HAVE THE POWER OF ATTEMPTING.

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