Thoughts on the Words of C.S. Lewis – Rejoice

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C.S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He is probably best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote numerous other works, including “The Problem of Pain” from where the quotes in this series were taken.

“I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to ‘rejoice’ as much as by anything else.”

Why rejoice?

We are told to rejoice in our work that the Lord has blessed us with.

And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which the Lord your God has blessed you. – Deuteronomy 12:7

Rejoice in those God sends to care for us.

 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Philippians 4:10

We are to rejoice in the salvation he has given us in Christ.

 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. – Matthew 2:10

We are to rejoice in His Word.

I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. – Psalm 119:162

We rejoice in HIM.

The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 29:19

Rejoice with others.

When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her – Luke1:58

How can we rejoice?

Praise God: And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long. –Praise 35:28

Sing: I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. – Psalm 9:2

Tell others: That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation. – Psalm 9:14

When do we rejoice?

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4

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