Living A Life With Joy And Delight
May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
ROMANS 15 VERSE 13
I love to talk about peace and rest; in fact the subject of peace and rest have become something of a cornerstone in my ministry. I believe they are both tools to heal, and weapons of warfare; crucial to connecting with the Father’s heartbeat over our lives. Colossians 3:15 says “we are called to peace as members of the body of Christ. We are to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts and be thankful.”
But it is equally crucial that we remember that we have been created with God’s smile and great delight over our lives. Learning how to cultivate our own sense of joy and delight is essential. Without joy being part of our daily routine, stress can overbalance our lives.
I believe the beginning of joy is gratitude and making a concerted effort to see the good in people and believe the best. This doesn’t mean we walk around with blinders on or adopt an attitude of naivety. On the contrary, truly aligning with the Father’s heart of goodness means you are choosing to believe and see others the way God sees them.
God is training you to partner with Him in the elimination of negativity and the stress it produces in your circumstances. This is a discipline of the mind, but it also is an upgrade in the Grace required to learn how to believe the best about others. Increased joyfulness and true delight for this life you have been given are the natural by-products of committing to that renewed way of thinking.
My goal is to know love in such a powerful way that no one can affect me adversely. How do you love when love is not returned? Well, the simple truth is real love doesn’t seek a return. Love loves for the sake of loving.THE PRACTICE OF DELIGHT
I don’t know about you, but the Holy Spirit I know can make even the smallest thing a delight. Finding delight in all of God’s creations is something I would encourage you to do every chance you get.
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