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11/25/2011

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The Joy In My Heart


I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart (where?), down in my heart, (where?), down in my heart;
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,(where?), down in my heart to stay


A children's song by George Willis Cooke

There is a sub-heading in my Bible just before 2 Cor.7:2. It says, "Paul's Joy." Now I am sure that all of you can make a substantial list of things that bring you joy. As we have come to the day after Thanksgiving, your mind probably turned yesterday to some of those things in your thanks to God that have brought you joy. "I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds" (V 4). The church at Corinth had some internal conflicts. Paul wrote them a letter (First Corinthians) in which he told them about those problems. He had a great love for that church and wanted that love to be reciprocal. He waited anxiously for news from the them. When that news came, and it was positive, Paul was exhilarated...."My joy knows no bounds." I believe he is so filled with joy because there was reconciliation within the church..."Make room for us in your hearts. We have corrupted no one, we have wronged no one, we have exploited no one." (V 2). We are shown three ways here in which our love can be manifest. Our love never does harm to anyone, uses them, or condemns them. Even when criticized, we cannot allow the fellowship to be destroyed. Out of conflict came great joy....Titus is the bearer of the good news. Reconciliation has taken place. God goes to work where love is present and with this comes renewal. "He (Titus) told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever." (V 7) Paul found great joy when others got better...Does this bring us joy too?

Have a wonderful day...Let His light shine in you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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