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Jesus is all about His people’s joy. He reminds us in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” We experience the joy of the Lord as we abide in Christ and allow His word to abide in us. I love C.S. Lewis words, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” Yet, today full joy isn’t always the “serious business” of Christians. There are some whose joy tanks are running on fumes and dangerously low.
“Joy Thieves” drain tanks and they are not always demonic powers. They may be people who are ungrateful or critical. They may be the ones you want to avoid or must get “pumped up” to spend time with because you know that you will hear about everything that’s wrong. Here are three Biblical things that you can do to deal with a “joy thief.”
Get to know them! Perhaps the person who steals your joy is a genuine disciple of Jesus that struggles with hope. It could be that they’re processing the world through a negative lens because they’ve experienced great suffering, and rather than learn to count it all joy they’ve heaped up reasons to be joyless. I know it’s difficult to get close, but put up your shield of faith, and give knowing them your best shot.
Pray for them! Joyless people are often miserable people. They haven’t tasted and seen that the Lord is good. They haven’t learned that it’s through times of suffering that the Lord often does his best work. Pray that the Lord would give them hope, would bring them into a love relationship with Jesus, and would give you His grace so that He can cultivate in them gratitude for what He has done and is doing in their life.
Confront them Biblically! That means in the way Matt 18:15-18 and Galatians 6:1-5 command. First, alone; then with 2 or 3 witnesses; and if all else fails, with the help of the church. The ultimate end is that they might know the joy of the Lord is their strength.
God has called us to be joyful. In fact, I would challenge you with this goal – to be the most joyful person in our church family. An old gospel song says, “This joy I have, the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.” Let’s not let anyone steal our joy. See you in Church this Sunday,
Messages for November
1 “Boundaries with God”
8 “Boundaries with People”
22 “Enter With Thanksgiving!”
29 “The Force Awakens—Hope”
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