My Monday Morning Cup | Gratitude Fosters Joy

Last Monday, we looked at how kindness elicits gratitude. In turn, gratitude fosters joy. Joy thrives in a heart of gratitude. Joy cannot flourish in a sour vessel. Scripture teaches us that joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Joy means experiencing great pleasure and bountiful happiness.

In his book, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, author C.S. Lewis viewed happiness and pleasure as feelings that were in our control, but joy was something out of our power. Joy, Lewis contended, could only come as a gift from God. Ultimately, the Lord is our source of joy.

5 Bible Verses About Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2-3

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Nehemiah 8:10

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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5 Benefits of Joy

  1. Joy promotes an overall healthier lifestyle.
  2. Joy boosts your immune system.
  3. Joy helps reduce stress and decrease pain.
  4. Joy increases longevity.
  5. Joy improves our ability to make good decisions.

Joy is vital to our living a life that glorifies the God who created us. When we exhibit joy it is easier to love our neighbors and to stay close to God. Joy yields positive results in our own lives and in the lives of those we love.

Reflection Questions:

1. How do you define joy?

2. What brings you joy?

3. Is there a particular moment in your life when you fully experienced joy?

4. How does keeping a joyful spirit benefit you?

5. Do you know someone who lacks joy?

Prayer:

Lord, thank You for the gift of joy. May it fuel us so that we will be a blessing to others and live life to the praise of Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

May the Lord shine His love through you this week. You can make a difference. 

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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4 thoughts on “My Monday Morning Cup | Gratitude Fosters Joy

  1. #2. What brings me joy is helping and encouraging others—in general, and most specifically in the the Lord.
    #3. One joyful memory happened when I was about 15 years old. I was sitting with an open Bible telling my two friends about something God had shown me in His Word, when I noticed they seemed enthralled. I recognized that it was the Holy Spirit speaking to them and that I was being used as His instrument as I talked about the scriptures. THAT was the defining moment that clarified my call to the gospel ministry.
    Thank you again for your encouragement to me as a blogger and a Christian. Blessings.🙏

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