Maintaining Joy


by Dr. Charles Stanley

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let such as love Your salvation say continually,
“The LORD be magnified!”  Psalm 40:16

Though some people use the terms happiness and joy interchangeably, there is a vast
difference in their meanings.  Both cause a pleasant emotional response, but the former
relies entirely upon circumstances.  As soon as difficulty arises and pain intrudes, a person
ceases to be happy.  On the other hand, joy is a gift from God that enables believers
to find hope and peace – even when life seemingly falls apart.

At times, however, even Christians live joylessly.  Sinful behavior, of course, is one reason.
But there can be other causes, too, including regret about past failures, fear of future
mishaps, or a pattern of discontentment that’s ingrained in one’s personality.

If you are a follower of Jesus but lack gladness, take a moment to remember who Christ
is – and who you are in Him.  To begin with, you are saved eternally, and your name
is written in the lambs’ book of life.  The love of almighty God is unconditional, and His
indwelling Spirit will never abandon you. He understands everything that you face and
promises to provide for your needs.

When you stop to consider the amazing blessings that are yours in Christ, gratitude
will likely overwhelm you.  Sadness concerning circumstances may still endure, but
the joy of the Lord will carry you through even the deepest pain.

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