Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is the eternal source of joy for believers. Joy is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit. So why do so many Christians struggle to maintain joy in their lives? Life can be difficult, and challenges often weigh us down. There are some practical things we can do, to live in the joy God has prepared for us.
1. Keep life in perspective. Understand that no matter what you are dealing with, it is only temporary. The joy God has for you, is eternal. Ask God to increase your faith, so you can overcome your fears.
2. Find joy in the simple things in life. All that is good, is from God. Too often we miss the daily blessings, because we are waiting on something dramatic to happen. Find joy in your walk with the Lord, time with your family, progress in your vocation, and so on. The destination is going to be great for believers, but the journey is intended to be experienced and enjoyed as well.
3. Seek to be an encouragement to others, and bring joy to their lives. If we have a good outlook on life, and are looking to help others do the same, there is mutual encouragement. Joyful people influence others in a positive way.
Trust in God, and He will cause your heart to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!