Joy Comes …

Soon, I will begin teaching/facilitating a women’s Bible study class on Sunday mornings at our church. We will be working through the book Respectable Sins: the Sins we Tolerate, by Jerry Bridges. I am studying the scriptures that he points us to regarding subtle (and not so subtle, yet acceptable) sins in our daily lives.

In the midst of this learning, I also continue my journey for unconditional joy. Can the pursuit of holiness actually produce joy in my journey? Is it actually possible to find pleasure in obedience and surrender?
I believe wholeheartedly that the Bible answers these questions with a firm ‘Yes!’
But what I am also discovering is that joy WILL come as I walk in faith and obedience. Yep, the old song gets it right … To be happy in Jesus, trust and obey. I think that for a long time, I was pursuing joy, not Jesus. And there is a difference. I prayed for joy, I read books on joy, and I really wanted joy. But I was still allowing circumstances to affect my attitudes, mostly because of the ‘respectable’ sins I have allowed to creep into my life. You know the ones – anxiety, discontentment, judgementalism, selfishness, sins of the tongue, etc.
In other words, I was defeating myself because of disobedience!

Now I know that God’s love is unconditional and His mercy is forever, not dependent on our faithfulness to Him. But shouldn’t that kind of love – the kind described by Paul in Ephesians as wide, deep, long, and high – cause us to trust Him enough to pursue Him … and obey Him?
So that is where I am. Learning to lean … Lean into Him to receive His merciful love, and lean on Him for His strength to overcome the sins I accept too often in my daily life.
Love so amazing and love so divine demands my soul, my life, my all!

2 thoughts on “Joy Comes …

  1. Here and Now September 19, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    This is the second time I have heard this today. Beth Moore said this morning, in the James study, Joy comes from obedience. Hmmm, I think God may be trying to tell me something! Thank you Melody, for allowing God to use you to share this message this morning!

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  2. Melodye Reeves September 19, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    I sure do miss you, Kylie! You will love the James study. It's great. Hard, but great! 😉

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