What Is Biblical Joy?
Jesus wanted his followers to be people of joy. Right before His arrest, after he taught the disciples about the importance of abiding in Him, he said:
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. – John 15:11
We have a joyful Savior who wants us to experience abundant joy. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, a mark of God’s presence in our lives:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… – Galatians 5:22
Joy is also a Biblical command. Paul exhorts us:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
Notice he doesn’t say, “Rejoice when your problems with your kids are solved. Rejoice when you get that windfall to help pay your debts.” No, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
The truth is, even though we can’t control what happens to us, we can still find joy in Jesus. Even when life doesn’t go according to our plans, we always have cause for rejoicing. No matter what happens today, we can take joy in these truths:
- The Lord is with us; He will never leave us.
- Jesus died to set us free from sin, guilt, and shame.
- In Christ, we are a new creation. His mercies are new every morning.
- We have His promises to give us hope in our affliction.
So, how do we fight for joy?
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