Advent Day 16: Joy in knowing Christ

Joy 1

Contagious Joy 

Joy: “A source or cause of delight”, Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Who or what is the source/cause of delight in your life?

Psalm: 97:11-12

“Light Shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

“When you’re in love with someone, you are excited about the relationship and time spent together. Likewise, when you’re in love with Jesus, you can’t keep to yourself the joy that comes from knowing Him—it just spills over, bearing witness and strengthening other believers. In fact, as you give testimony of who God is and how He’s working in your life, it makes no difference whether you speak quietly or with great exuberance: in their spirit, Christians will pick up on the deep, genuine gladness in your heart that goes beyond natural happiness. And people who don’t yet know the Lord will find themselves hungering for the relationship you have. In that way, they will be drawn to His Spirit in you.” From Charles Stanley, In Touch Magazine, December 13, 2011, Contagious Joy.

Question: Has your faith in Christ resulted in an outpouring of joy? Do you experience joy when engaged in spiritual disciplines (e.g. daily devotionals, prayer, fasting, serving others, musical worship) ?