“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Joy. It’s a small word with a big impact. Dictonary.com defines Joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.”
It seems that as Christmas draws closer this little word is used a whole lot more. It’s used in advertising, on cards, and portrayed in various movies. This got me thinking; why is it only at Christmas that we are full of joy? Why can’t we have the “Christmas Spirit, if you will, all year long?
“Then the angel said to them. “Do not be afraid, for I bring you tidings of great joy which will be for all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.””
The joy that we have is simply because of Jesus. He came to the earth in the form of a needy baby. Grew up to teach us how to live. And then died a death that He didn’t deserve to save His beloved children from Satan’s clutch. Then three days later He rose from the grave just as He said He would, and He promised to give us His Spirit to guide us through this life (See Luke 1:31, Luke 2:52, John 13:15, Luke 23:41, 1 Corinthians 15:4, John 14;16).
This is the reason for our joy. This is why we can remain joyful through even the toughest circumstances. I believe that being Joyful shouldn’t come to a screeching halt on December 26th. It should be something that we carry with us all through the year. We should continue to spread this joy to as many as possible.
Until next time,