The Joy of the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

I have heard, especially among the young people, that the biggest obstacle that prevents them from accepting Jesus Christ is that Christians are very boring. Many say they prefer to “take advantage” of their youth enjoying to the fullest and that after “enjoying his life”, then they would consider to give their heart to Christ. According to the view of those who think the Christian life is no fun, but quite the opposite. They imagine the Christian as an ascetic in contemplative life, a strange being stuck in a spiritual bubble and keeping away from the world and its things.

Indeed, a true Christian has nothing boring but rejoices every day in the presence of his or her Heavenly Father. Any moment of joy as the world’s standard is passing. Furthermore, many of the pleasures that give us life could have devastating consequences. Every day people worldwide die in accidents caused by drunken or individuals driving under the influence of drugs. The persons who cause such misfortunes had previously been “enjoying their life”.

Paul had warned in Ephesians 5:18 the following: and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit (YLT). The term dissolution has a meaning for my profession of chemistry and refers to a mixture of two or more substances which form a single phase. But what Paul says has nothing to do with this definition but two others relating to the same word. The first is separation or detachment of the things that go together. The second is annulment of links between two or more people.

Alcohol, drugs and other pleasures that people use to “enjoy life” are really producing separation, detachment and annulment. Families suffer separation when one of its members falls into one of these practices. As a result, the family unit will sink and in the case of a marriage, the links can be overridden through a divorce. This is precisely what Paul calls dissoluteness in Ephesians 5:18.

The second part of Ephesians 5:18 is the answer to the “joy” of the world. Being filled with the Holy Spirit produces the joy of the Lord who recommended Paul in Philippians 4:4. Paul himself says in Galatians 5:22-23 which produces filling of the Spirit of God: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Therefore, the joy is an important part the fruit of the Spirit. But that joy does not come alone, but accompanied by qualities that make us live a full life instead of a crazy life.

Finally, do not forget what it says Nehemiah 8:10: Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”. So, let the joy of the Lord a lifestyle and show the world the joy of the Christian is complete. God bless you.


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