Christian joy is not necessarily defined as a giddy, light-hearted, frothy emotion. Joy is meatier than that, it has substance. It has endurance, it is strong enough to gird us up through even the darkest of days. “The joy of the Lord IS our strength.” Joy is not born from our past, present, or future circumstances. It’s born from a heart revelation of all God has done for us through the cross. It is centred in our sure hope that in the end, no matter how difficult our present circumstances might be. we are more than conquerors and His promises are Yes and Amen. Follow Christ’s example who endured the cross for the JOY set before Him. He knew that joy would come in the morning. He knew the joy of the promise, although not yet realized, would soon be realized.
Hebrews 12:1-3 – “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, 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
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2019 Katherine Walden
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