Joy to the World! The Lord has come! These lyrics to a popular Christmas carol ring true. The biblical definition of joy is a feeling of good pleasure and happiness that is dependent on who Jesus is rather than on who we are or what is happening around us. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit, abiding in God’s presence, and from hope in His word.
The Christian life is about walking in surrender to our Lord and Savior. We belong to Him. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and abiding in Him equips us for the purposes He sets before us. He provides us with strength, peace, and fullness of joy.
When we are able to walk in such a manner, the Bible says in Phil. 4:7, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We can have fullness of joy in the midst of life situations that are hard, confusing, or even painful. The Lord provides us with strength and stamina even when we feel our tank has gone dry. He renews us and fills us up! He is so Faithful.
As we enter into this Christmas season, as the word JOY reminds us, let us keep a right perspective. Our true joy and happiness is found in a relationship with our Lord and Savior. In Him is the fullness of joy our heart desires. So let us remember, as the song rings out, joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let Him be your joy!
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
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