I love what he Scriptures teach about the joy that we can experience from knowing Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16 tells us to “Rejoice evermore”. We often think of the shortest verse in the Bible as being found only in John 11:35 “Jesus wept”, and forget about the previous short one. It is also amazing how these verses speak about opposite emotions!

Rejoice evermore? In today’s world? Yes, I believe if we begin each day with a joyful attitude by contemplating God’s grace and mercy, we can maintain a joyful attitude throughout the day. Do you believe this?

“Father I am well aware, I cant make it on my own, so take my hand and hold it tight, for I cant walk alone”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him”. Take a look at the last five words in the text; this sounds like a choice doesn’t it? We can “choose” to be joyful when we trust our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, Keeper and King!

We can be confident we can trust Jesus and that He wants our joy to be full. Does God know the value of things? Does He know OUR value? Did God pay the right price for you and me? Most times we forget that God made something that was utterly valuable and because of this He does not want to lose any of us. We are worth it! Nothing or no one else was equal to the price He paid for you, and for me, other than the life of Jesus. Here is why we are valuable! Here is why our joy can be full!

Counsels on Health pg 587 “In order to have perfect health, our hearts must be filled with hope, love and joy”.

God has done everything to ensure that we have joyful lives; John 10:10 ” I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of heaven is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.

It is joy that keeps us from curling up and dying when everything, everything in life is going wrong or going “down”. Jesus left us two gifts besides salvation; peace and joy John 14:27 and John 15:11.

We must keep on expecting, keep on watching, and most of all keep on praying for faith in the one whom we believe is coming back. This might seem a difficult assignment at times, but here is a beautiful promise: Hebrews 10: 35-37. Let’s pray that each of us can internalize this truth, and this is when I believe we can experience complete joy.

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