As I was pondering what to write today about being thankful, I came across this wonderful devotional by Adrian Rogers. His teachings have always encouraged me, and I hope you are encouraged as well when you read his words here.
A Thankful Heart Is a Joy-Filled Heart
by Adrian Rogers
“These things have I spoken unto you,that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” —John 15:11
Did you know that a Christian without joy is a contradiction in terms? If you are right with God, you ought to have joy in your life! But there are many Christians who live as if they have lost their joy.
Why Is Joy Important?
One of the most important reasons joy is important is to win the lost to Jesus. You can’t go around with a Bible under one arm and a tombstone under the other saying, “Don’t you want to be like I am?” Our best advertisement is the joy of the Lord.
You also need joy in order to have the strength to live the Christian life. God said to Nehemiah when he was building the walls around Jerusalem and the people were getting tired, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can’t live the Christian life without joy.
Joy is also essential in order to bear life’s burdens. We all have heartaches and difficulties, but joy is the lubricant of life. The joy of the Lord will remove the burdens from your heart.
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