I am rejoicing

1 Peter 1 v 6
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,”

Through faith in Christ, we have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved!

Peter makes an assumption about our response to this reality. He says that we are to rejoice in this. Do we? It’s important here to separate the word “rejoice” from the idea of feeling only positive emotions. To “rejoice,” here, does not necessarily mean to “be happy,” as we understand the terms today. While rejoicing may include positive feelings, the New Testament often communicates that rejoicing is a choice about how we think about our lives (James 1:2; Philippians 4:4).

Peter quickly acknowledges that his readers may be grieved or distressed by various trials in the present moment. He realizes they may be experiencing negative emotions because of their negative circumstances and yet, he still assumes they are rejoicing in the reality of their eternal circumstances in Christ.

We must conclude that this “rejoicing” is less about feelings and more about faith. It is less about maintaining some perfect emotional state and more about a declaration: “My life is worth rejoicing over because of what God is doing for me right now. I am provided for. My future is secure. Nothing can change that. I am rejoicing!”

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