POINTS TO PONDER

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Everyone knows that concepts or theories do not succeed as acceptable ideas until they are proven to be valid. Let us consider that all the fruit of the spiritual oneness with Christ exist as characteristics of one element – transformed love. When we look at the Scriptures, we can see how this design plays out with love turning into the fruit of Joy.

Paul openly promotes rejoicing as the order of the day when he told the church in Philippi: “Always be full of joy in serving the Lord. I’ll say it again – rejoice!1 As a well educated Jewish scholar, Paul knew how this word was used in the Old Testament to describe people’s response to God’s goodness in singing, music, worship, festivals, when given victory, and in prayer. The prophet Nehemiah proclaimed that “Don’t be sad, because the joy of ADONAI is your strength2 The word for “strong” in Hebrew means, “To feel loved and protected.” Paul was also fluent in Greek and knew that from the writings of Homer and onward, joy meant being happy and content with someone or something you loved or held dear.

When we read the New Testament, we see that Jesus’ miracles and preaching brought great joy to the people affected. No wonder on the night of Jesus’ birth the angel said to the shepherds, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to people everywhere.3 For those who longed and looked for God to send the Messiah, their hearts were made glad and filled with joy because of their love for the LORD Eternal. So instead of letting your love sit idle on the shelf, waiting for some magical moment to express itself, let it get excited over your love for God and those around you so it can be transformed into joy and blossom and bloom like a flower on a sunny day. After all, joy is love when it gets excited. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Philippians 4:4

Nehemiah 8:10 – Complete Jewish Bible

Luke 2:10.

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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