5. They Celebrate Small Victories
In 1Sam. 17:34-37, David recounts to King Saul how the Lord delivered him from the claws of the lion and the bear. He acknowledged that little win, because compared to the feats he achieved later in life, starting from the slaying of Goliath, killing a lion and a bear can be called small. 1Thes. 5:16 says “Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always)” (AMP). Verse 18 further tells us to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT).
When we achieve small feats, faith helps us to celebrate, believing that the Lord who has started a good work will perfect and bring it to full completion (Phil. 1:6). It helps us hope for bigger ones.
6. They Celebrate Other People
Cain is an example of a faithless brother in the Bible who could not rejoice with his own brother (Gen. 4). Because of Abel’s faith, his sacrifice was accepted by God (Heb. 11:4) but Cain’s was rejected. In faithlessness, Cain killed his own brother. Unlike Cain, we read of how Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law rejoiced with him when he heard how God delivered him and the children of Israel from the hands of the Egyptians. It was the faith he had in the mighty works of God that made him even make sacrifices to God for their sake (Exod. 18:6-12). Like Jethro, the Bible tells us in Rom.12:15a “Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy” (MSG); “Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy].” (AMP); “Be happy with those who are happy” (NLT). There is a saying in Yoruba land (South West of Nigeria), that if you desire to have a child, you should rejoice with those who have children. It is believed that in so doing, your own children will come. Another saying also goes, “when your neighbour is rejoicing, rejoice with him because it means that God is in your neighborhood sharing goodness”. Faith-filled nevers see other people’s goodness as a competition or a problem. Instead, they always rejoice with and celebrate everyone around them.
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