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Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

So the first question is, “Really? Always?

To this, the answer is, “No.” Jesus wept (John 11:35). He was occasionally angry (Matthew 23:33). He was sometimes frighteningly direct (Matthew 17:17). There is room for all your emotions. (Hopefully our emotions are as sanctified as Jesus’ emotions were. If not, that's something we could work on.)

But to the main point? Most of us don’t rejoice enough. We don’t thank God enough. We don’t praise enough – especially when we are disappointed. So yes, if we start with a plan to rejoice in the Lord always, and try to implement it once an hour until it became a habit, it would be very helpful. When we praise God in our disappointments, God often opens up possibilities we could never have imagined.

Here are some verses you can study:

Bible verse to memorize

Philippians 4:4 (NRSV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I wll say, Rejoice.

Reflection question

How often will you intentionally rejoice this week?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. Other great LCMC churches in San Diego County include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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