Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

Spread the Joy


God given joy not only makes you feel good, it also makes you strong! ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV). So, it’s important to build yourself up with things that are going to help joy grow in your heart. How do you cultivate a life that’s full of joy? Here are some tips: a) sing. Singing songs can make us feel happy or sad depending on what the song is about, but if you sing a song about God and how great he is, that will not only bless God but make you feel good too! (Psalms 33:1) b) chat. Spend time talking to God. Make time to get to know Him. Why? Listen ‘you will fill me with joy in your presence’ (Psalms 16:11 NIV). When you’re in His presence (ie having a special God-moment) He crams your heart with love, joy, peace and loads of other good stuff too! c) chill. Be someone who is a peace maker. Don’t be someone who picks fights and always has to have the last word. God promises, ‘Joy for those who promote peace’ (Proverbs 12:20 NIV) 4) smile. ‘A cheerful look brings joy to the heart’ (Proverbs 15:30 NIV). A smile is a powerful thing. If someone looks at you funny, it can make you feel really pants, so don’t walk around looking like you’re chewing a wasp! As you give joy to other people you’ll be amazed at how much happiness you experience in your own life. A famous poet once said, ‘To have joy one must share it’. So go on, spread some Joy around today!

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