COLUMN: Remain in the joy of the Lord

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By George Smith

 “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord” (Philippians 3:1). When we become Christians we have the “joy of the Lord.” But over time and through many experiences some seem to lose their joy.

King David lost his joy and came to the Lord with the request – “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation” (Psalm 51:12). For David it was adultery, but there are many other joy killers in life. Our concern today is how to restore or maintain the joy God gives us. 

Three guidelines will help you to restore joy or to maintain joy. 

The first guideline is to live each day by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are “saved by grace.” We did not work for our salvation. God freely gave us his favor. Once God saves us by his grace he desires to build a relationship with us based on his grace and mercy to us.

The second guideline or living a life of joy is the matter of keeping our priorities in perspective. Nothing is more important than our relationship with Jesus. Misplaced priorities is the number one problem.

Growing in our relationship with Christ is the third guideline for keeping and maintaining “joy in the Lord.” Paul says, “I want to know Christ …” (Philippians 3:10). Our top goal should be to know Christ more and more. When we stop growing in Christ, we lose our joy.

Three things will help you to grow in the Lord. The first is time. It takes time to know anyone, and to develop a relationship. We must spend time with God in his word, reading it and letting God talk to us.

We must talk to God to have a good relationship. Paul says, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit …” (Ephesians 6:18).

Trusting in the Lord will help you to grow. Relationships are built on trust. Know that God is reliable. You can trust him to keep his promises.

Whether maintaining or restoring “joy in the Lord,” these guidelines will help. Allow him to give you his joy.