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Finally Brethren Rejoice

Walking out on the North Myrtle Beach 2013

Walking out on the North Myrtle Beach 2013

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Here is Paul’s “finally” to his letter—his valediction. There are times when we wait for the “finally” in a sermon. Sometimes we are hoping for it and other times we don’t want to hear “finally.”

There are many great teaching thoughts in this “finally.” For example, the word for “farewell” we usually see translated “rejoice.” Paul often reminds us to rejoice. When we face difficulties—rejoice. We rejoice not for the trials and problems of life, but in the God who overcomes and is much bigger than our problems.

This is a verb, so that’s why I don’t like the farewell translation. This is also an imperative. Imperatives are not do-or-die commands. They are pointing out a better way. We have choices. In this we can rejoice each day or be a grumpy pants. You find this a common theme in the Psalms. For example, “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” (Psalms 35:9)

“For the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) Rejoicing strengthens us while the opposite saps our strength. Depression, anxiety, and worry all make us sad. However, rejoicing in the Lord makes us glad. Rejoice. Be full of cheer. Be happy.

I didn’t get to my subject today. However, I hope you are rejoicing today. If you aren’t then rejoice and see how your day will change.