"I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy.
Yes, your joy will overflow!"
Her PASSION manifests joy.
"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold —though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls."
I Peter 1:7-9
Reflection & Application
Does my attitude and countenance embody joy? Is my hope and joy anchored in the promises of Christ?
Joy. The curious disposition of those who follow Jesus, despite their circumstances.
When Jesus had risen from the dead, not one of His disciples were expectant to find Him living. Throughout Jesus' time on earth, He had tried to tell them what to expect, "In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again ... I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy" (John 16:16; 20).
The women, who were the first to visit His empty tomb after His crucifixion, were shocked when the angel of the Lord gave them news that Jesus was alive! "The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message (Matthew 28:8). And the men? Even when Jesus appeared before them, Scripture tells us, "Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:19-21).
When we decide to place our life and trust in the risen Lord, our spirit is also filled with the same joy! For joy is the manifestation, the evidence, of a life placed under the authority of God's Word, knowing the Kingdom of God is at hand. Just as Peter 1:8 claims, "Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy." Our passion is no longer tied to the things of this world, but now is filled with the Spirit of God. We are no longer slaves to fear, sin, wickedness and doubt, but we are now children, and heirs of God (Romans 8:12-17)!
As women, living in-between the grace of the cross and crown, we now wait expectantly for the Lord's return. Our passion and faith must always be cultivated and refreshed in the Holy Spirit through God's Word, prayer, and the fellowship of other believers. For we are a light, reflecting the love and grace of our Father in Heaven. "Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory" (Romans 5:2).
I Thessalonians 2:19
"After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!"
"Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory."
I Peter 1:8
"You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy."
"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving."
"When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"
2 Corinthians 6:10
"Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the Lord."
"But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy."
"We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light."