Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pure Joy

Joy. One of the many emotions typically associated with Valentines Day.

Note how God did not inspire Paul to write happiness.

Happiness is the emotion that you get when you get a valentine, a box of chocolate, or small box of conversation hearts. Happiness comes up randomly and is gone just as quickly.

Yet joy is different. Joy is something that last for a long time (if not forever), during the good and bad times.

Joy is where something delights you so much that it sticks with you when things aren't going your way. Something that is worth remembering. Something that shines so brightly that, even when all other lights go out, joy burns on. Joy over what Jesus has done for us--and over what the Spirit continues to do in us.

After all, we have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in our heart, not high in our brains.

So, don't be depressed if you didn't get everything you wanted today--and don't be exuberent if you do; because that isn't joy, it's happiness.

"You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."  Psalm 16:11


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