Jesus, Man of Joy

I’ve just discovered some quotes about joy from this site, Christian Goth. The first quote is from Sherwood Wirt, and one following is from Charles Spurgeon:

The radiant joy of the Holy Spirit shining in the face of a believer will pierce the religious fog in a friend’s mind better than any number of sermons from the pulpit. Without that joy, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will never break down the resistance of our skeptical generation. All the ardor, the fervor, the devotion and the prayers of the faithful may well fail to penetrate today’s unbeliever unless the Gospel message carries the same note of joy it had when it was first proclaimed. Fear won’t do it. Wrath won’t do it. Arguing won’t do it. Pleading won’t do it. JOY will do it. Because Satan is on a rampage and the Christian faith is under deadly assault, many earnest evangelicals are telling us that we must fight back. We must “defend the Bible.” But Charles Spurgeon retorts, “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion.” Righteous anger is not the strongest weapon in God’s armory. JOY is.

The whole article is a wonderful glimpse into the fruit of the Holy Spirit known as joy. It should be a distinct characteristic in the life of a person saved by God’s love.

Have you been surprised by the joy that comes from knowing Jesus, God who revealed Himself to us?

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2 Responses to “Jesus, Man of Joy”

  1. thatmom Says:

    Thanks for sharing that!!!! The joy of the Lord IS our strength!

  2. Kathleen Says:

    You’re welcome! Isn’t it a great and timely article? 🙂

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