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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Joy Gift for Jesus

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Easter is the perfect time to give the gift of joy!

            As we talk about the joy of Easter this week, let’s refer to some of the Bible passages that speak of joy.

·         In Luke 15:10, we are reminded that there is great joy in heaven whenever a sinner repents. 
·         We are told that the Lord rewards our good efforts and there is joy in hearing Him say: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
·         A supreme source of joy is the underlying theme of 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.”
·         And one of my favorites in John 15:11, Jesus said: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

He gives us joy in so many ways. And we can bring joy to Him!  Writer Warren Mueller puts it this way: “What a wonderful God we have who honors sinners like us by giving us the ability to give him pleasure! He rejoices and experiences joy as we respond to him in repentance, love and good (fruit) that brings him glory!”

            This Easter as we prepare our hearts, may we give an Easter gift of joy to the One Whom Easter is all about!  Let’s celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with passion, gratitude and…of course…much joy.
            Is your joy-gift ready to present to Jesus this Easter?

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