In I John 1:4 we read, "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." Throughout the Bible we are told to rejoice in the Lord. We know that those who know the Lord should be joyful but what exactly is joy? And why should we be filled with joy?
We need to understand there is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness generally has an external cause. People are happy when things go their way or when they have enough of what they need and can do as they please. We can have moments or seasons of happiness. The most important thing to understand about happiness is that it is based on external circumstances.
Joy, on the other hand, is the fruit of something that goes on within us; it has an internal cause. The source of our joy is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is the result of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
When the Spirit of God comes to live in us, the Spirit will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit produces joy within us by conforming us to the likeness of Christ, teaching us how to exhibit the characteristics of Christ in our lives.
To have the joy of the Lord, we must have faith in the Bible and we must obey the Word of God. There is no such thing as doubting God's Word and having the joy of the Lord. Have you lost your joy? You once had the joy of the Lord in your life and now you seemed to have lost it. What can you do to regain that joy once again? To regain your joy, you must immediately confess your sin and repent of it.
God intends for His people to rejoice, which is why He's given us the awesome gift of joy. My prayer for you is Romans 15:13, "May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Since this will be my last blog before Christmas, allow me to take this opportunity wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Joy to the world for the Lord is come.