90 JoyPosted: February 27, 2014
The twenty-second secret to humility is Joy.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice. Philippians 4:4
The Lord has impressed on my heart the importance of smiling. I have heard many times, “Phil, you really need to smile more.” Years ago at work I decided to do so. After a couple of weeks I asked a co-worker for feedback. I expected to hear, “You are much happier.” I heard “You are less grumpy in the morning.” Hmm, not smiling can communicate grumpiness.
I have struggled with smiling. I often do not feel like smiling. I hear that my frown lines are growing. I think, “I don’t want to smile. I hate smiling. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m not a happy camper. Why should I smile?” I rationalize that I have gone through a lot in life, and so I feel justified to feel what I feel when I feel it.
However, feeling what I feel when I feel it is not submitting my feelings to the Lord. He clearly says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice.” The next verse says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” (Philippians 4:5) Joy enables us to be gentle and communicates warmth and acceptance. Being joyful enables us to be more loving.
Letting go of negative emotions and being joyful requires humility. We need to let go of resistance and embrace God’s promises. We have a glorious future, bright and beautiful. God promises that He will be with us for eternity. Jesus said, “…rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
“Rejoice in the Lord…” We find our joy in the Lord. Anything or anyone else only bring fleeting moments of joy. The joy of the Lord lasts for eternity. We need to open our hearts to Him. As our hearts connect with His heart, we will find lasting joy.
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