Thursday, March 1, 2012

How do we grow Joy?

We talked about the fact that fruit needs to be grown.  So how do we grow fruit of joy in our life?

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)


This is a fairly well known passage, and I would hazard an opinion that it is not only the instruction, but also the teaching on how to accomplish it.

Be joyful always? How?


  • Praying continually
  • Giving thanks in all circumstance.

If we are faced with circumstances where joy is not our first response, then our first response needs to be to bring it to the Lord.
Then, we need to have faith that it is part of his plan for our lives, and give thanks.

It does not say we need to give thanks for all circumstance, but that we must give thanks to Him in all circumstance.

This is how we will know that it is God’s will.  And if it is God’s will, then we can have joy in that fact.

1 comment:

  1. We can also be joyful always if we are meditating on His Word, yes?