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The word “joy” is traditionally dusted off this time of year [Christmas] and heard in songs and seen on gift wrap and then put back in the attic for another year.

What is joy? Joy is defined as the passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits. Is that too academic? Then consider some things that Christians should be joyful about.

  • Our Salvation

Luke 10:20 - Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Romans 14:17 - For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

  • The Conversion of Others  Luke 15:1-7

Phil.4:1 - herefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

I Thes.2:19-20- For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.

  • Christian Fellowship

Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

  • Eventual Destruction of the Devil’s Power  (Rev.19:1-5)

Romans 16:20 - And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

  • Our Eternal Home    (John 14:1-6; Rev.21-22)

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