Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Daily Grace - Joy

You may be familiar with the list of seven deadly sins that was formulated during the sixth century: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, vengeance, envy and pride. But you may not know that the original list compiled during the fourth century also included the sin of sadness. Over the years, that emotion was omitted from the inventory. Some people are blessed with a cheerful disposition. They always seem to be happy. They wear a perpetual smile almost as if they were advertising toothpaste.

But, then there are others who seem to be chronically sad. They continually complain about life and its burdens. And, who can deny that afflictions are discouraging? While we acknowledge that not everybody is blessed with a bright outlook on life, we need to remember that joy is one of the gifts Jesus promised to His followers. And, we need to resist any tendency to let sadness dominate our emotional lives.

Jesus promised His disciples on the night Judas betrayed Him, "Your joy no one will take from you" (John 16:22). Remember that joy is the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Let's ask the Lord to help us look beyond our sorrowful circumstances and encourage our hearts by the vision of joy that awaits us (Heb. 12:2). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit that's always in season.


  1. Greater joy will be my portion always. Amen

  2. Thanks your Lord for bringing Joy in my life.

  3. I receive my gift of joy from our Lord Jesus Christ.Amen

  4. Amen, the joy of the Lord is my Strength now and Forevermore.

  5. Alleluia! My joy is complete in christ Jesus.

  6. Alleluia! My joy is complete in christ Jesus.

  7. Thank You oh lord for the gift of joy: the gift of Holy Spirit.I have Joy in my life. It flows like a river.

  8. Amen. Universe, Praisr God, Father, Son & Spirit...

  9. Amen, and i pray in the name of Jesus that the spirit and gift of Joy will be and remain my portion in Jesus !!!!! AMEN

  10. Holyspirit give joy in my life . A men

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  12. Yes lord...inner joy is an evidence of the spirit of God