“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say Rejoice!” No matter what has happened, will happen, or your present circumstances and problems, rejoice in the Lord for He is good.
For the Lord your God has saved your very soul and transformed you into something beautiful. He has already positioned you in the Heavenly places! Your place of residence has been established and will not be removed.
Everything that has happened to you in this life is of God’s design. All for your good, growth, and His honor and glory. He has it all planned out, everything was allowed to happen and will happen for a specific reason and purpose.
No matter what other people did to you, how much pain and suffering you went through, it was all according to His plan.
He molded you as clay is formed by the potter. Then hardened you into His ways with the heat of His kiln. He melted you and refined you like gold is purified in the fire. He smelted you like a silversmith purifies silver 7 times in the crucible. All impurities are being removed making you shine brightly for all mankind to see.
It took struggle, hardship, and pain but praise the Lord He has accomplished a great and wonderful thing. At one time you were of no report, but now beautiful in the sight of the Lord. He looks upon you as His beautiful and wonderful artistry, a mighty work of excellent craftsmanship.
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,