A baby is born, a child excels in a talent, a friend sticks buy you through a difficult time, a son or daughter graduates highschool, a loved one gets married, and the list of events that can bring us joy goes on. But, have you ever wondered at the way Paul talks about joy in 2Cor 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. These folks were going through trials, afflictions, and poverty, yet they found joy in getting together and giving towards there needy brethren (read vs 1-7). Or, how about what James wrote in Jms 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Why would we count it joy when we are tempted? Doesnt this all go against our very nature? The answer is "yes", it goes against our fleshly nature, but NOT against our spiritual nature, if we are born again of the water and the Spirit (Jhn 3:3-5). True joy comes from knowing our spiritual state before God Almighty. Rms 5:11 And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Read all of Rms 5:1-11. We can know we are saved from the wrath of God and have been given the promise of eternal life (1Jhn 5:20). Could there be anything more joyful than that?

Mike Sullivan 09/25/05