HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
See if these can also be areas of improvement in your own life!
The joy we seek is often steered by our ego. There is much that can bring joy, but what gives true and lasting joy?
In the Book of Psalm 45:7 it says: “ Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
I often ask myself: Am I righteous in my thoughts, words and deeds?
- Do I really hate the evil that dwells in me?
- Do I have righteous thoughts about my fellow human beings? If they could look into my thoughts, could they see pure and good thoughts filled with love, at all times?
- Do I pray for them and care for them? Or are my thoughts filled with suspicion, envy, and feeling insulted? Do I exalt myself by having unjust and bad thoughts about others?
It is by my words and deeds that my thoughts are made visible. If I have righteous thoughts, then my words and deeds are also righteous. If my thoughts are unrighteous (wicked), it also appears in my words and deeds. But I can be righteous, so I can be anointed with the oil of gladness! What grace that is! How terrible to be burdened by a lack of mercy, being offended, and all other kinds of wickedness! That is not my calling in life!
Paul writes in Romans 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” The creation and humanity have seen enough of injustice, hardness, lack of mercy, infidelity, selfishness, miserliness, etc. No one wants more of that. No, the longing in the creation is for something completely different. The longing is for the glorious liberty of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19-21) Freedom from these sins that destroy people, marriages and families. It longs for the life that came forth in Jesus: righteousness, kindness, mercy, purity, faithfulness, etc.
As a child of God, I also long to partake of this life, to a deeper and deeper degree. I am grateful to God that by His strength I can be set free from all that weighs me down so that I can live a righteous life in true and genuine joy! Hallelujah
I am praying that God through the Holy Spirit will open our understanding and lead us into the paths of truth. Whatever is obstructing our joy we are to investigate and see what is the problem. Whenever you lay your hands on the problem then fix it and let God have His way in your life. I did it and you can do the same. I will love to hear from you. Leave me your comments and may God bless and keep you.