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06/19/2013

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True Joy


"But the kingdom of heaven is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom.14:17).

Unfortunately, many people, and even Christians fall short in the joy department. It is apparent in how people go about their daily life whether or not true joy is being experienced. Joy is one of the components of the apostle Paul's "Fruit of the Spirit" found in Galations 5:22. So, what is this joy that Christians should certainly be filled with, and how should it be manifested? Let me go to the Greek verb for joy which is chairo. This word is used over 70 times in the New Testament, and is most often translated as "to rejoice." Closely related to this word is is the word charis, which is translated as "grace." Grace, in its objective sense is that whch bestows or causes pleasure, delight, or is the cause of favorable regard. If you have followed my train of thought here, what I am saying is that joy is gladness that comes from grace. The famous preacher Billy Sunday said: "If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere." There should be a direct proportion of one's joy to the grace they have received. If not, at least to the perception of grace they have received. If a Christian doesn't have joy in their life, something very important is missing. If we are given a small token of a gift, our joy might be minimal, but with a much larger gift, that joyful reaction will increase many times. The joy of the lord should be a constant and abiding one. Jesus said: "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (Jn.15:11). I believe that the more we understand Jesus' grace, the more of God's joy we will experience.

Have a wonderful day.. Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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