Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: John 16:16–16:22, Psalm 16:11, Hebrews 12:1–12:2
John 16 describes a permanent joy for those who encounter the risen Jesus.
Tim Keller speaks of joy as "a delight in God for the sheer beauty and worth of who He is. Its opposite is hopelessness or despair, and its counterfeit is an elation that is based on experiencing blessings, not the Blesser, causing mood swings based on circumstances" (Galatians For You, p. 154).
Three ways to grow in the grace of joy:
- We must confess sin (Psalm 51:12).
- We must have our confidence in the Lord.
- We must take a long-range view of life (1 Peter 1:6)