March 13, 2019
- The Value Opposed to Envy, Covet
Joy is the unconquerable gladness and expression of a heart that has experienced salvation and allowed walking with God. Joy is paramount to God because He mentions the word “joy” and “rejoice” over 345 times in His Word.
The dominant theme of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Philippi is joy. Paul advised Christians to heed this God-inspired advice: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4, HCSB).
Joy is not the same thing as happiness. Too often we are looking for happiness when we should look for joy. We find joy when we focus on God.
Joy Is Not Dependent Upon Circumstances
Joy is always independent of external conditions. Because joy includes the capacity to rejoice amid the worst of circumstances, it often presents a paradox. “Even in laughter,” the author of Proverbs says, “The heart may be in pain” (Proverbs 14:13)
We often experience sorrow before we can rejoice. Sorrow can be a means of testing our faith. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2, 3).
The bookends of Jesus earthly life are significant because of the joy they exhibited. An angel announced His birth with great joy, “I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people” (Luke 2:10b). Thirty-three years later, upon witnessing His Ascension, His disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy (Luke 24:52).
Commit today to acquire the value of JOY. All Christians should rejoice knowing our names are recorded in heaven (Luke 10:20).
Core Value Affirmation: “My daily walk reflects JOYFULNESS because I am a joyful person.”
In my walk, I claim Jesus’ promise to fill me with His joy. I rejoice in the knowledge God provides me a way to walk with Him and an opportunity to share this incredible joy with my neighbor. When I am joyful, others see Jesus in me.
Bible Verse. “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be made full” (John 14:13).