The Joyfulness of Christian Joy

The Joyfulness of Christian Joy

The Untold Story of the Power of Intentional Joyfulness

 … for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

Christian JoyIn thinking about Christian joy I always wonder: Why not be joyful intentionally? It really is a matter of what we choose to focus on, isn’t it? Romans 14 basically tells us that some of us get bent out of shape by focusing on what other people do; especially other Christian people. But each Christian person lives within constraints and freedoms of his or her own walk with Christ. This is the gist of Romans 14:1-17. Paul was pointing out that we can focus on other people and make judgments about how they live, what they eat, and so on. But what we should be focusing on is the fact that we ourselves, and those Christians around us, are indeed a part of the Kingdom family … hence the words “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ” This is why I say that we can indeed by intentionally joyful. We CAN focus on the fact that we are a part of the Kingdom of God!

So, how do we actually get there? I mean, how do we become intentionally joyful? Here’s a few thoughts.

Simply Decide to be Joyful

I love this verse:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Paul actually tells us to rejoice ALWAYS. Yes, it actually is a choice.

  • You can wake up each day and make the conscious decision to be happy.
  • You can decide to rejoice.
  • You can decide to sing praises.
  • You can decide to focus on the grace and goodness of God
  • You can decide to consider all the blessings of your life (and there are many if you actually stop and think about it)
  • You can DECIDE (be intentional) to be joyful. To smile, to laugh, to encourage, to give, to serve, to praise!

OR

  • You can decide to look around at the world and all the things and people that do not live by or reflect YOUR standards.
  • You can look around at all the wars and rumors of wars and let it discourage you
  • You can listen to naysayers or people who live to point out all the ills of life and the world
  • You can hibernate at home and cocoon yourself from the evils of this life
  • You can literally DECIDE (be intentional) to be bummed about everything.

But WHY would you intentionally make those choices? Hmmm, do you think that Jesus will give you a high-five for those decisions? Uh … no!

Hang Out with the Joyful

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As I just pointed out there are plenty of complaining and out-of-spiritual-focus people. People who always look at the bad. But this is not biblical nor is it of God. Nowhere in God’s Word do we receive permission to murmur, grumble, complain, whine, or run around complaining and pointing out the ills of the world. Yes, we confront sin. But we do so in the light of God’s grace.

I love this verse too:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Make sure that the people you associate with are people who live their lives right in the middle of Philippians 4:8. Let them encourage, inspire, and mentor you. You do the same for them and others.

YES! You can DECIDE to be joyful.

You can live in the Joy of Joyfulness … right now!

You can indeed be intentionally joyful!

I trust this post has been a blessing.

Tony Guthrie

tguthhriebiz@gmail.com // 404-933-0418

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