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Simple Joy

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Charles Spurgeon describes the joy that Christians have that centers their days, no matter the circumstance. He says, “My brethren, it is in proportion as you get near to God that you enter into the full enjoyment of life — that life which Jesus Christ gives you, and which Jesus Christ preserves in you.” We must understand that life here on earth will not be void of challenges, but our hope in Christ is eternal.

One of my favorite passages on joy is 1 Peter 1:3-9. You see, joy comes from the heart and it is a state of being, not a feeling, as I understand it. Happiness is a feeling that comes and goes. Joy, based on our relationship with Christ, comes from Him. Even when this world and our lives are difficult, it is that joy in Jesus Christ that we rely on. We are centered and able to balance, to distinguish what is temporary and what is eternal. The Holy Spirit within us reminds us. God's Word reminds us. Our time in conversation with our Heavenly Father reminds us. We have joy eternal because of Jesus Christ.