Joy From The Bible
We can read and study the words of Jesus and get joy from them without paying attention to the fact that we get joy from them. We promptly forget that wonderful truth and seek joy in other places. If you have a red-letter Bible, the words that Christ spoke are in red. You might try reading and studying them. One of Jesus* purposes for the words He spoke were and are that our joy might be full.
John 15:11: These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
In fact, we can read and study any and all of the Bible and get joy from it without realizing it is the source of the joy. Or if we realize the Bible is giving us joy we can promptly forget that wonderful truth and seek joy somewhere else. I hope you have a regular habit of reading and studying the Bible. One of God*s purposes for the Bible was and is that our joy might be full.
1 John 1:4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Jeremiah 15:16: Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
2 John 1:12: Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
Another thing that gives us joy is fellowship with other believers. Again, we might not recognize the cause of the joy or if we knew the cause we might forget what it was. Individuals who do not regularly attend Biblical churches miss that joy.
John 16:24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Another joy that our flesh forgets is the joy of having our prayers answered. When you get answers to your prayers that give you joy try to remember who answered your prayers and what He did. Believers who do not pray miss that joy.
Acts 2:28: Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Another source of joy that we might not be aware of or forget about is the joy of learning how to live the Christian life and living it as God wants us to (Thou has made known to me the ways of life). The promise that we will see the face of Christ should also give us great joy. We also have joy when we are filled with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .
It is not just sad to walk in sin and in the flesh, it is foolish.
1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Believing in Christ causes joy unspeakable. Do you have that?
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