Joy

We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:4 HCSB

At the first church I served after graduation from seminary I was responsible for the bus ministry and children’s church. One of the songs that we sang regularly was,

“I’ve Got the Joy In My Heart”. The lyrics are:

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Where?
Down in my heart!
Where?
Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
Down in my heart
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

My two year old granddaughter has recently learned this happy tune and sings it with heart-felt joy. As believers in Jesus we have “joy” in our hearts. “Joy” is also used to describe the seventy that Jesus sent out when they returned (Luke 10:17). “Joy” is the response of the angels when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7). “Joy” is what a woman experiences in the birth of her child (John 16:21). Jesus also spoke of “joy” being complete in John 3:29; 15:11 16:24; and 17:13.

Challenge: Do you have the “joy” of Jesus in your heart? With Jesus you can experience joy even when difficult situations come your way. Thank God for the joy you experience in serving Him and doing what is pleasing to Him. Listen to the song, “I’ve Got the Joy in My Heart” on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z29h7HUcJus

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