Saturday, April 21, 2018
Joy Is Love’s Awareness
But may all those who seek refuge in You rejoice; may they ever shout for joy, because You defend them; may those who love Your name be joyful in You.
– Psalm 5:11
You may think of joy as happiness, but joy is not an emotion. It is a
supernatural expression given to us by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
is a deep and abiding sense of contentment, providing a foundation for our
lives in Christ. Unlike fragile happiness, which withers in times of testing,
joy grows and blossoms in the hard soil of tough times.
The Bible is replete
with examples of those who continued to rejoice even in the face of
persecution. For example, the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians
while he was imprisoned, yet his letter is one of joy, exhorting the people of
Philippi to rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
True joy results when you give
yourself to God, wholly and completely, and yield to His will and purpose.
True joy is the gift of knowing that your loving heavenly Father holds your
future in His hands. True joy is becoming aware of your Father’s
Holy Spirit, make me keenly aware of God’s love, and fill my
heart and spirit with joy!
- Joshua 22:21-23:16
- Luke 20:27-47
- Psalm 89:14-37
- Proverbs 13:17-19
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