Not because we are sad or low or down. Not because we’re upset or worried or fearful. Simply because it’s good to be joyful.
Every time I open the bible at the moment, words stand out about joy! Here’s a few:
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy’ (Romans 15:13)
‘A joyful heart is good medicine’ (Prov 17:22)
‘Be joyful in the Lord always. Again I say: rejoice!’ (Phil 4:4)
‘You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy’ (Isaiah 9:3)
‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10)
We’re encouraged to be joyful. Invited to be joyful. Even commanded to be joyful! Because it’s good and a sign of abundant life.
Joy is an attitude of gratitude. It’s not just a superficial emotion. And it’s more than just feeling happy. Those things can disappear or change with circumstances. Joy is something different. Something stronger and more profound. Joy is an expression of something deep in our hearts – of a contentedness that comes from Jesus Christ.
It’s great meeting a truly joyful person. You can’t help but be encouraged by them! This is even more true of a joyful community. Who wouldn’t want to belong to a people like that?
Why not join me in praying each day for joy? For yourself and for others. Because joy is to be shared and given away. And the Lord has unlimited supplies of joy. So don’t be afraid to ask. For joy. For more joy.