God’s grace comes to us because of God’s joy. In experiencing grace, we first recognize ourselves as the object and cause of God’s joy. And it’s this that immediately gives rise to incomparable joy in us.
When we know ourselves to be the cause of joy to the Infinite One who then also promises to deliver us into joyful shalom forever, our beings do not have the power to override the bursting fountain of joy that we will discover within us. When we know this joy, His joy, His grace, there is nothing the world can do to stop it.
Main Text: Philippians 1:1-11
This letter is filled with evidence of Paul’s joyous love. He prays with joy, remembers these people regularly and fondly, and is filled with Jesus’ own affection for them.
If we took Paul’s example and encouragement in these first 11 verses, we’d have many potential ways of coming to know this same joyous love. This sermon series will explore many such ways, but here are some preliminary ideas:
Praying on behalf of others.
Having others pray for your joyous love.
Remembering Christ’s affection.
Remembering God’s unstoppable grace.
Remembering our life aim, not success or retirement or death, but the day of Christ, when we’re resurrected and shalom is here.
Learning to evaluate what’s really important.
Might trying any of the above help you this week?