A vital, uplifting, indispensable force

Undefeatable Joy

Undefeatable joy is a vital factor in well-being and well-doing. It is indispensable in expunging through Christian Science practice any belief in evil as real. This powerful joy is spiritual. And as we grow in our understanding of God, Spirit, the source of all real joy, we express more joy.

Paul exhorted the early Christians, "Rejoice evermore." I Thess. 5:16; He also urged, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." Phil. 4:4;

This is one biblical demand humanity would undoubtedly carry out willingly if it knew how. In a world full of anxieties and a multiplicity of individual and national problems, the human heart longs for what often seems impossible—a just reason to rejoice continually. The question might be asked, "How can one who is poor, alone, aged, ill, or sorrowful over past failures and injustices always rejoice? Paul's demand that all followers of Christ continually rejoice implies that we have the ability to do just that, regardless of the circumstances.

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