“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.”
What do you think of when you think of the word rejoice? If you’re like me, you think of upraised hands and shouts of joy. Exuberance, perhaps. So I find it interesting that this verse follows an imperative command of “Rejoice!” with “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” Rejoice and gentle don’t typically go together in my mind.
When I let guilt at my sins enter the equation, my joy falters. Guilt traps me in sorrow that leads nowhere. Conviction leads me to confession and repentance, from which point I can move forward in the Lord. When I accept God's grace, I can rejoice in God's gift even of grace itself.
Is there something in your marriage that you have allowed to stifle your joy in the Lord?