we enter what we have come to know as the Thanksgiving
Season, we will examine some things that we believe are some
Biblically based reasons not to
rejoice, or some things that we as believers are not to rejoice in at any time.
of those things is a brother or sister’s misfortune. The Bible teaches that
believers are brothers and sisters in Christ, and have come to be placed into
the Body of Christ. Therefore, we are all members of the same body.
(Rom.12:4-5) Just as we would not rejoice if we lost a leg or some other
appendage, in the same way we should not rejoice when a brother or sister
suffers a loss. The parts of our physical body come together to aid the portion
that is ailing and so it should be and even more so in the Body of Christ.
valid reason not to rejoice is when God’s name is besmirched through a Christian's un-Christlike behavior. The flesh would desire to gloat
over such a situation, thinking that we could use it as an opportunity to puff
ourselves up and try to appear spiritual as opposed to the outwardly negative
behavior of another Christian. The truth of the matter is, however, that none of us
is above sin, and our fleshly behavior is no better than another’s fleshly
behavior, no matter the outward veneer (See Rom.7:18; 1 Cor.10:12). None of us
have anything to boast of, except the Lord Jesus Christ!
we must never rejoice in the fall of a brother or sister. As before, the flesh
is sorely tempted to seek its own glory in the fall of another, but also as
before, no one’s sin nature is any better or worse than another’s. If the great
apostle Paul had to confess that in his
flesh there was no good thing, I know there’s no need for me to even look at my
own, seeking any good. Only in the cross of Christ can we glory, and therefore
we must seek to abide in close fellowship with Christ in order to live for the
glory of God.
this Thanksgiving season, we certainly have many things for which to give
thanks to our God. One of the greatest is His Word that He has preserved so
that we may know His will. The BBN Bible Institute staff desires to wish all of
you a very blessed Thanksgiving season, and also that we all draw nearer our
wonderful Lord and Savior than we ever have.