Thought of the Day January 18, 2018 Joy

By 9:40 AM

One of the personal qualities of Jesus is joy. Many times we think of him mostly as a man of great sorrows. But he was also an icon of joy. Hebrews 1:9 says, “God has anointed the Lord Jesus with the oil of gladness above his fellows." How many portraits of Jesus have you seen him depicted with a smile on his face in comparison to the portraits of a somber and series Jesus? One would think it could border on the irreligious to imagine Jesus smiling or enjoying life. But the truth is Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Spirit, according to St. Paul, is joy. As a disciple of Jesus is the joy of the Lord evident in us? As a disciple/ witness do I reflect the joy of being a Temple of the Holy Spirit, sharing God’s divine life? Joy is more attractive than sternness or sadness. With the psalmist we need to live in the conviction that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.”

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