The Christian's Joy
Christian’s joy is a joy won out of the heart of pain. All the believers should strive to win a joy by the heart of pain. Knowing that, the reward is awaiting us; Jesus enlightens us about the joy, which we are going to receive after sorrow or pain in our heart. He says in John 16:22 “And ye now, therefore, have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. (KJV)” Just before Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, He perceives that his disciples were full of anxiety because they were feeling like orphans. Jesus acknowledged their sorrow for now, but when they see Him again, a resurrected Jesus, they will leap for joy and this joy will remain with them through all eternity and Jesus promises that in John 16:22“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” Because Jesus knew that the lasting joy is the joy that endured or a joy having won the heart of pain: So Jesus was able to bear the cross because He looked beyond it and saw what it would accomplish. And the joy of his achievement was greater than the depth of His pain. A Pure Joy James considers the joy that endures being pure joy in James 1:2-3 “My Brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; verse 3 knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Now, what is endured joy? The joy that endures is the joy that comes through doing good to those who ill-treat you – the joy of one who dies for his crucifiers. This is the kind of joy Jesus had and this is the kind of joy He is able to impart to us The fact of Joy The fact of joy is that Joy is from the LORD and is permanent. And what Bible tells us, is that you as a believer should count it joy during trials, suffering, and testing. And when you experience joy, no man will ever take it from you. And everyone around you will perceive the sign of joy which you have experienced. Joy cannot be hidden, is like a smoke from blazing flames which could not be hidden. It is this joy that ignites and motivates believers. Christ experienced joy which made him focus while He suffered excruciatingly on the cross. Though none of us will ever have to experience what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary – Hebrew 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.(KJV) This bible verse makes us know that joy was set before Christ and that the joy which was set before him makes him endure the cross, despising the shame and the same joy is also set before us in time of trials, suffering, and temptation. Having endured the trials or suffering, you won a crown. the joy which has set before you must be your priority in time of trial you have to count it all joy, according to the word of God in James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall, divers temptation. Verse 3, knowing this that, the try of your faith worketh patience.(KJV) But note, that joy which is from God, will come during and after our suffering. And when it comes no one takes it away from you, it remains permanent with you. John 16:22 confirm it. And so shall be in Jesus’ name. Amen.