Let’s face it, in our day to day life, we have circumstances that just aren’t great sometimes. We have issues arise and problems come our way. Sure we have good mixed in with the bad, but we still have the bad sometimes. It’s when we focus on the bad and get caught up in what’s not going right that we are being pulled by the enemy to trade in our joy. See, we already have joy. The Lord has given us joy. 1 Chronicles 16:27 says Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and joy are in His dwelling place. His dwelling place is in you. He resides in you, therefore joy is within you. Well, if it’s in there why don’t we feel it sometimes? We don’t feel it because we are trading it in for the worry of the day, for frustration with that other person, for being angry, for unforgiveness, for… We don’t feel it because we are choosing to feel something else. We should always be joyful remembering what the Lord has done for us. Peter is describing this in 1 Peter 1:3-9.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
This passage so deeply describes the joy we have in the Lord. He has looked onto you with great mercy it says. You can keep your joy and not trade it in if you look on others with great mercy. You didn’t deserve that mercy in your sin, and that person in your life may not either, but choose to be Christ-like and give that mercy anyway. Keep your joy in doing that. You have been born new so show your joy. Praise the Lord for that! Every day, be joyful you are not who you once were. You have a living hope, not hope that fades or dies. It’s a living hope and you can be joyful for. Don’t trade your joy on this earth because you have a glorious destination awaiting you from a good God who has given you an inheritance. Though your circumstances try to bring you down, you are shielded by your faith in Jesus from the evil one. Put that shield up, don’t take what he’s offering you for your joy! Even though you will suffer on the earth and have grief in many forms, have joy that your faith is growing and will be proven to be genuine which is something more valuable than the finest things we have. You are already filled with the joy of knowing the Lord and loving Him. So much joy that words cannot even express it this passage says, because you are receiving something so great and that is salvation. You have joy because of Jesus and the salvation He has given to you. Live in that joy. Stop trading that joy! Spread the joy you have. It’s contagious! John tells us in John 15:9-12 to love how Jesus has loved you so that His joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. I pray that your joy will be overflowing and never-ending!
May you blessed and encouraged.
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