That is just two words. Here is a bit of Bible trivia. What is the shortest verse in the Bible? Most will answer, “Jesus wept” from John 11:35. Two words.
Yet here is another two-word verse that is loaded with meaning and practical application. A maturing believer is someone who continually exhibits joy.
Joy has always been an attribute of the people of God. Search the Bible, both Old and New Testaments and you will see that God infuses His people with joy; joy in spite of circumstances. In fact, the Scripture knows nothing of a perpetually melancholy Christian. If you are a growing Christian, you learn to rejoice in all things at all times. Let us dig into this verse.
In verse 16, the Apostle Paul says, Rejoice evermore. What does he mean? Is that really possible? Given the pains of this life, how can anyone constantly rejoice? Surely there is some hidden meaning, right? What about the Greek text? Well, this verse means just what it says.
“Joy” and “rejoice” are used repeatedly in Scripture to describe the lives of believers. The Greek word, chairo, simply means, “be happy, be full of cheer, choose joy.” In the days of the early church, Christians often used this as a common greeting.
Instead of saying “Hello” or “Good morning,” they might say “Rejoice!” It really means “have joy.” Therefore, it is entirely biblical and appropriate to greet one another in this way. Try it. When you see a brother or sister, instead of saying “Hello,” say “Rejoice!” and notice their response.