The Joy of Jesus!
shared by Sharon Jones
KYB Financial Director up to the end of 2020.
Sincere thanks for all your hard work and faithfulness over the years, Sharon.
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have told you so that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15 v11
This is what Jesus prayed to His Father for us: “I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them”. John 17 v13
What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?
Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2 v20
A faithful follower of Jesus' teachings brings inner joy that’s real and resilient, regardless of economic indicators, interest rates, government deficits, disease or even death. Nothing can compare to the love of God. His love isn’t based on looks, personality, wealth or even moral goodness. It’s offered without any preconditions and its neither fickle or failing. We cannot do anything to make God love us more and we can do nothing to make him love us less. God’s love is constantly at work to direct us towards making wise decisions, to protect us from making poor ones and to correct us when we make bad ones. God’s love guarantees his acceptance of each one of us,
his forgiveness when all others have judged us and his mercy when all others have condemned us.
God created laughter because he knows it’s good for our health!
Merriment comes from joy, not mere happiness, and understanding this is crucial to our emotional well-being.
The joy of knowing, that comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God enables you to remain joyful. This is because, joy is internal, it depends on inward character. It depends on who lives in us and is based on choice
Joy is not an emotion: it is an attitude, and we can choose to be joyful regardless of our circumstances.
True joy is permanent and settled.
CS Lewis wrote that “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
Psalm 16 v11 addresses God: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures for evermore.”
When we rest in his love, we experience a wellspring of joy bubbling up in our hearts. And since the world did not give you this joy, the world cannot take it away.
An overflowing well
No tongue can tell
Joy, unspeakable joy
Rises in my soul, never lets me go.
Jesus is here right now and he said, "where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there I'll be." His presence produces joy. And joy heals. Joy inspires. Joy refreshes. Joy conquerors depression. Joy turns despair into light. Joy puts a song in your heart. Joy refreshes your mind. Joy reduces the size of the giant and the size of the problem. Joy elevates the body and restores it in the presence of the Lord. And we can have it right now.
However, there are times when we will set joy aside and come along side those who are hurting, going through tragedy, losing jobs and loved ones or suffering injustice, in order to bring them the Lord's peace and joy.
So may 2021 be a joy of joy bubbling up in us and overflowing to those who so need to know the Joy of Jesus. Amen.