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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3 Responses to Maintaining Joy

  1. AmyC says:

    Thank You LORD for Your words in Psalm 40:16 ‘Let all those who seek You rejoice and be Glad in You, let such as Love Your salvation say continually, The LORD be meaningful.’ Amen Thank You LORD for the promise.In GOD there is peace, love and joy; we cannot find this everlasting promised from other entertainment.Human find worldly entertainment to replace their suffering and worry; but is a short term rejoice, it will not last long; unlike the promise comes from the LORD, HE will give us everlasting peace, love and joy in our heart through HIS HOLY SPIRITS. Even our lives are in a mess and situations seem uncertain, we can have peace, Amen!

  2. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    I am reminded of a hymn I sing as a child i have joy,joy,joy,down in my heart,down in my heart,down in my heart,today sense Jesus took all my sin away

  3. thelma says:

    I needed this today! I was fearing the trials that loom ahead of me. I was worn down with the cares of this life. I had forgotten to to thankful for the blessings that remain, that HIS grace IS sufficient, nor to choose joy in trials.

    Blessed Jesus, lift me up on higher ground, help me to adjust my attitude away from self pity. Thank you!

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