Friday, 28 December 2018

The gift of joy

In these darker days when many come together in the warmth and light of the family feast-dish sharing greetings and giving presents to each other, we think about the joy all this can give.

JOY is a great gift. It’s described as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

Early in Israel’s history God promised to
 “Bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful” (Deuteronomy 16:15, ESV).
The harvest has been gathered; there’s food enough for all; let’s sing for joy!

Sometimes as a community our joy isn’t very apparent. But can you remember the description of Samaria when Philip had told them about Jesus?
 “There was much joy in that city.”
That’s what preaching can do.

Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit. It’s also the very real emotion that enabled the Lord Jesus to lay down his life for us;

 “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross …”
 Could YOU spread a little joy this week? That’s preaching!

Dutch version: Nederlandse versie: De gave van vreugde

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