Command of Christ - Rejoice
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be
exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted
they the prophets which were before you"
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye
are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of
Christ, happy are ye" (I Peter 4:12-14)
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit."
(I Thessalonians 5:16-19)
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect
in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (II Corinthians 12:9)
"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. ... Be careful for nothing;
but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:4,6)
Developing Character -
Joyfulness is the bright spirit and radiant countenance that come by being
in full fellowship with the Lord.