The key to joy
It’s the result of a life led by the spirit. Even Paul, despite being persecuted and put in prison, possessed the joy of the Lord and worshipped God. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The author of our faith modeled that despite pain, persecution, accusation, and sacrifice, joy was accessible through God’s spirit. As believers, we know we will experience joy’s fullness in heaven.
Sometimes joy just finds us
In the moments watching your child giggle, seeing a beautiful landscape, or getting lost in laughter with friends. These are the moments we hold onto, where our hearts long to return to again. Remembering the ease of these moments, ones that you couldn’t make joy happen, but let is fall on you, is a crucial key to joy. Open yourself to experience these, even in your mundane, unexpected moments.
The journey of joy
Jesus endured the cross, knowing the joy of salvation for all was before Him. He accepted the journey that would lead to our ultimate joy. From this, we know that there is an eternal promise of joy that sustains us in our present troubles. Today, I pray that your spirit would experience God’s fullness of joy, especially in the mundane moments.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)