Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just a PostScript: On the theme of Joy

From The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges:

So the choice is ours. We can be joyless Christians, or we can be joyful Christians. We can go through life bored, glum and complaining, or we can rejoice in the Lord, in our names being written in heaven, in the hope of an eternal inheritance. It is both our privilege and our duty to be joyful. To be joyless is to dishonor God and to deny His love and His control over our lives. It is practical atheism. To be joyful is to experience the power of the Holy Spirit within us, and to say to a watching world, "Our God reigns."

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It is a result of His work, but it is also something we must do. We must, by His power, rejoice. This is part of the practice of godliness.


Denise said...

Hey..glad I brought this quote back to your thoughts...LOL! We often "forget" all that we have and all that brings us real joy! LOVED THIS QUOTE!

Homesteader in Training said...

I love what you wrote there. It is so very true.
Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment. Hope to see you soon.
Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

This is so true. What a great reminder!!

Have a wonderful day!

Schotzy said...

Your post makes me glad... to be a Christian, to be joyful, to be a blogger and have the opportunity to read and share in other Christian's understanding! Thanks for sharing your's! be blessed! Carolyn

Denise said...


Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Nice quote to go with our thankful thursday- I gave you a blog award~come get it at, my new blogger friend :-)

Tonya said...

I have to "AMEN" your post! JOY is ABSOLUTELY a choice!! No matter what's going on in our lives, there is ALWAYS SOMETHING to be thankful for. Well, it is if you're a Christian! (I guess non-believers may be a different story)

Thanks for the encouragement/reminder to choose JOY today! =-)