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"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

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'Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!'

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!"

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By Chaplain Adele M. Gill
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/8/2019 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Joy, Christian, Catholic, Peace, Pope Francis

Joy abounds. I recently wrote about joy in a recent blog entitled, 'Unshakable Joy.' However, the topic of joy is important enough to continue on this topic. For Christians, love and peace and joy are central concepts. God-based joy especially has the ability to help us live hope-filled lives in peace. There is no need for despair and/or hatred when you are confident that God is in control and fighting your battles for you. 'If God is for us, who can be against us?' When you believe God is at the helm and in control, you are more able to hop hurdles and challenges that would bog anyone down in their humanness. In fact, joy is a manifestation of God working in one's life, and is accompanied by a deep, abiding peace.

Joy is one of the first fruits of the Holy Spirit. To experience joy in our lives is a blessed gift from God, an enduring treasure. Happiness is similar to joy. However, it leaves us feeling good for a time, then the feeling soon passes, as life presses on with its ongoing issues, challenges, frustrations, and disappointments. In essence, happiness is often a fleeting feeling, but joy is lasting as it stays with us even and especially as we enter into times of adversity. Happiness is dependent on one's mood, environment, short comings, successes and accomplishments, where joy is more of an enduring internal state found when one experiences the peace that the Holy Spirit of Jesus brings.

Joy is particularly easy to spot. When one gets into times of adversity; that is because it is paradoxical. For joy is best witnessed in someone who is going through times of tumult, yet they are seemingly at peace. With that kind of joy comes a quiet knowing that all is well, despite how things appear. Scripturally, that is called 'walking by faith, not by sight.' You are able to put aside daily strife and walk in the sublime confidence that God is leading the way.

Here are 7 Bible passages relating to living a joy-filled life:


Romans 15:13
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


John 16:24

"Until now you have not asked anything in My name [Jesus]; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete."  

Philippians 4:4
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!"


3 John 1:4
"Nothing gives Me greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."

Proverbs 12:20

"Those who promote peace have joy."

Luke 15:7

"I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance."

My prayer for you today is that your joy will outweigh whatever you endure this day. May God himself be with you and yours showering you with enduring joy especially in times of adversity. May you walk in the confidence that God is with you through it all, in control, and fighting your battles with you and for you. Amen!

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Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN is author of 3 books including "From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You," written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. From Broken to Blest is now available on Amazon and and Barnes Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. 

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