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17th May 2022


The Wonder of Joy

Joy is a uniquely Christian word & experience.
That is because joy – & all it’s fullness – is ultimately found in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11).
Joy is independent of gladness or happiness as it is not dependent on favourable circumstances or positive feelings.
Joy is a state of heart. A heart united, & in constant communion, with Christ.


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2


It was joy that gave Christ the strength, determination & resolve to endure the horrendous physical, emotional & spiritual torment & suffering of the cross.
The joy of being reunited with His Father in glory & the joy of bringing many sons & daughters unto glory (Hebrews 2:10).
The joy of eternal everlasting relationship with you & with me – what a wonder!!
There is great strength & fortitude in joy & like Christ we can take hold of & set joy before us in times of trouble, trial & suffering.
Joy is a bountiful source & deep well of resilience for the child of God.

Jesus promises that same joy to those that follow Him (John 15:11).
As we stay in close intimate relationship with our Saviour we share His joy.
Not only that but He promises that our joy may be full – not lacking in any form or way.
As we love the Lord, our brothers & sisters in Christ & our neighbour that joy will grow.
This is alongside the additional joy that flows from answered prayer (John 16:24).
Joy stems from & flows from our relationship with Father, Son & Spirit.

The Godhead’s deep desire is that we live in a constant state of godly joy.
The joy of God’s presence, the joy of Christ’s companionship & the joy that is the Spirit’s fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Trifold joy – joy, joy, joy. O the wonder of the Joy of the Lord.
Lord let your joy abound & multiply in us.


For Reflection

  • Am I in joyful communion with the Lord?
  • In what ways am I expressing the joy of the Lord?
  • Meditate on the wonder of the joy that God gives.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your joy & the strength that is found in Your presence.
Lord Jesus thank You that you walk with, & alongside, us to release Your joy to us in all it’s fullness.
Holy Spirit stir up & increase the yield of the fruit of Your joy in us.
To the glory of Your Great Name.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
AMEN

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