Posted by: Terry | December 8, 2010

Joy and Love

1 Peter 1.9 You love him… and you rejoice with joy that is inexpressible. Do we? Does it ever seem like we are just going through the motions? Years of church becomes routine, we say we love him, but if honest find the idea of “inexpressible joy” a nice concept but not what I am experiencing at the moment. We get more excited about our sport team winning than I do about my relationship with God.

Peter wrote in verse 3, “Blessed be the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Why? Because of the hope and the inheritance that God the Father is guarding for us in heaven. What would be our inheritance if it were not for the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ? We would have none, only the prospect of judgment and death because of our sin and alienation from God. We would be without hope, with nothing to hope for, nothing to look forward to in all of eternity. This life would be all there is, no eternal life. A futile even nihilistic existence if we take the time to truly consider our situation without Jesus.

Love and joy diminish in any relationship when we take it for granted, forget why it is important, fail to recognize the value of it. Our relationship with the Father and the Son is no different. Diminished joy is a sign that we need to take a fresh look at the inheritance, at the hope that we are assured of. “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved son.” Col 1.13

If we would recover or discover that joy and love the place to begin is meditation on where we have come from and what we have to look forward to lest we be, “so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” Or as Jesus said, “she loves much who has been forgiven much.”

2 Peter 1.10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully.” There is added reason for us to love Christ and know joy when we consider that we are the fortunate ones who are experiencing the fulfillment of all of the prophet’s hopes and dreams. Isaiah wrote grand passages about the coming of the savior, and the joy that we would proclaim when he came. Read Isaiah 12, this should be our proclamation. The child was born of the virgin, the shoot has come from the root of Jesse, “the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

My prayer is that God would, “Renew the joy of my salvation.” Would that not be a prayer to pray for ourselves as well as those we love. That God would grant that we would understand the depth and breadth of his love. Joy and reciprocal love will surly follow.

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