I don’t know if it’s the shortest verse in the Bible, but, to me, it is one of the most important, “Rejoice always.” (1 Thess 5:16).
Paul is ending his letter to the church in Thessalonica and giving them final instructions that include praying, thankfulness to God, and abstaining from all evil. The verse that sticks out to me though is 5:16. In all things rejoice, at all times rejoice, “rejoice always”! When it’s rough, when you have a bad day, when nothing goes your way, “Rejoice”!
Because no matter how bad the day is, no matter what mistake you make, no matter your plans, God loves you. God loves you so much he sent his one and only Son to Earth. He sent his perfect, sinless Son to show us how to live. God sent Jesus to be the Light and guide for our lives. Jesus came to Earth and offered himself as a sacrifice in order to end all other sacrifices. He carried His Father’s love to us in order to show us how to share it with the world.
So, rejoice always! We are set free from the legalistic rules and regulations that we could never satisfy. We are set free with God’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice. Rejoice forever and always!!