Joy is a Christmas theme that we often see and hear in cards, carols and
sermons - from the "Joy to all people" in the Nativity narrative, to the
often-memorized song "Joy to the World." Joy is one of God's gifts via His
Holy Spirit. As usual, God's idea of joy differs from that of the world.
Joy isn't about things always going your way. Joy is something we can possess,
no matter what is happening around us. Joy isn't about external circumstances;
it's about the heart. Today we will read passages about joy.
Galations 5:22-23 (NASB) But the fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control; against such things there is no law.
Luke 2:9-11 (NASB) And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood
before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terribly
frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. For
today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ
John 16:23-25 (NASB) In that day you will not question
Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for
anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for
nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made
full. These things I have spoken to you in figurative language, an hour is
coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will
tell you plainly of the Father.
James 1:1-3 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when
you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces
Proverbs 12: 20 (NASB) Deceit is in the heart of those
who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.
2 John 1:12 (NASB) Though I have many things to write
to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to
you and speak face to face, so that your joy may be made full.