“Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”
We always have joy is remarkable to me because that’s what we all could have in the Lord when we die to self and fill our hearts with Him. I know that comes from trusting in the Lord and totally surrendering to God and His will. Our walk with the Lord will always have some kind of bumpy road because satan is working hard to help us focus on ourselves. We need to continually learn and grow to be filled with the Spirit so we actually want to change and be a new creation. Dying to self is our challenge and is the easiest way satan can cloud our walk and keep us stumbling without joy.
Look at Chapter 7 verse 1 which says, “Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.”
Do we realize the amazing gift God gave us, or do we not really think about it? Paul says, “…and let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” Do we work at our relationship with the Lord or do we expect it because of the free gift? We need to be opened to what the Spirit is saying, and that gets louder the more we turn to God for wisdom. I pray that I always have joy as I work hard to be just like Christ. Amen