The Power of Joy

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Proverbs ESV (English Standard Version)

A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? 18:14

A joyful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 17:22

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A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 15:13

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. 15:30

 

 

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Pursuing peace on earth

“And by peace, I mean not only the absence of conflict and animosity but also the presence of joyful tranquility, and as much richness of interpersonal communication as you are capable of.”

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2:11–14, ESV

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. (Isa. 9:6–7) Photo by Dr. Aletha

Excerpted from

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

“My great desire for you this Christmas is that you enjoy this peace. We know that there are global aspects to this peace that lie in the future.

But Jesus has come to inaugurate that peace among God’s people. And there are three relationships in which he wants you to pursue this peace and enjoy this peace.

  • Peace with God.
  • Peace with your own soul.
  • And peace with other people, as much as it lies in you.

And by peace, I mean not only the absence of conflict and animosity but also the presence of joyful tranquility, and as much richness of interpersonal communication as you are capable of.”

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Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

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