Finding Joy Through Forgiveness

Guide to a Joyful Heart

Tip of the Day:

Jesus said: These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  KJV John 15:11-12

Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught us how to love one another.  He taught us about forgiveness, hospitality, devotion, loyalty, generosity, and kindness.  Nevertheless, He didn’t say to love only those who deserve it, or those who love you.  He said to love ALL, even your enemies.  Furthermore, if you notice in the passage above, Jesus said to love others so your joy will be full, not theirs.  When you change your heart to love someone even when you have good reasons not to, you’re allowing more joy and peace to flow into your heart.  Bitterness can steal your joy.  If you are holding bitterness or unforgiveness against anyone start today to heal those wounds.  Begin with choosing to forgive them and accept them as they are.  Just as Jesus forgave us and accepted us while we were yet sinners.  Really the secret to a joyful heart is to change your heart, which in turn will change your actions, which will change your reactions, which will change others around you.  It’s a chain reaction to bring peace and joy into your heart and home.  You may encounter opposition or tests along the way, especially at first, but keep at it.  Satan loves to keep us irritable, unhappy, and discontented, but through Jesus we can have the victory over these.  Let your love light shine for everyone, so they will want to know the Source of your joy.

PS This doesn’t mean that you should condone or enable their sinful actions, but it does mean that you should pray for them, trust God with their justice, and realize that maybe they are lost and in need of Jesus.  If the case is that they are lost, that is the sadness place to be, for they have no hope, until they accept Him.


One thought on “Finding Joy Through Forgiveness

  1. This has to be one of my favorites. It reminds me to pray for my heart. Sometimes I do forget that love, forgiveness, and healing begins with me and then others can see God through my actions. Thanks for listening to God and being a reminder and blessing to me.


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