Joy, the special gift of the Spirit!

Posted on May 28, 2015 · Posted in Wisdom

Only the unique work of the Holy Spirit can bring the wonder and endurance of joy to human experience. Take a moment and consider how special true joy is. This is the joy you want your children to learn and live. Don’t settle for momentary pleasure. Cry out to God for joy that is everlasting!

Joy has to do with the reality of God.

Joy transcends the moment and extends into eternity.

Joy does not fade but endures.

In our deepest sadness we are rescued by joy.

Joy alone makes sense of the pain of life.

Joy is the certain knowledge that what is unseen is more than what is seen.

Joy is the fuel of hope.

Joy means your circumstances are opportunities to honor your God.

Joy is the evidence that you are never truly lost.

Joy means you are not limited by a sin-cursed world.

Joy means that you can love when you are hurt.

Joy means that you can live for God when death surrounds you.

Joy is knowing that God has numbered your days.

Joy made the cross possible!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.