Holy joy will oil the wheels of your life’s machinery.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
HT: David Murray
Joy is a response to having been “united” with what we love.
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
The joy of God has gone through the poverty of the manger and the agony of the cross; that is why it is invincible, irrefutable.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) in a letter to suffering friends in Christmas, 1942 as WWII raged
HT: Desiring God blog
No matter what is or isn’t working in my ministry, no matter what difficulties or battles I am facing, the expansive glory of God gives me reason to get up in the morning and do what I have been gifted and called to do with enthusiasm, courage, and confidence. My joy isn’t handcuffed to the surrounding circumstances or relationships; I don’t have to have my heart yanked wherever they go. I have reason for joy because I am a chosen child and a conscripted servant of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the great Creator, the Savior, the sovereign, the victor, the one who does reign and will reign forever. He is my Father, my Savior, and my boss. He is ever near and ever faithful. My passion for ministry is not about how I am being received; it flows out of the reality that I have been received by him. My enthusiasm is not because people like me, but because he has accepted and sent me. My passion is not the result of my ministry being as glorious as I thought it could be, but because he is eternally and unchangeably glorious. So, I preach, teach, counsel, lead, and serve with a gospel passion that inspires and ignites the same in the people around me.
Paul David Tripp, Dangerous Calling (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 122-123.
Grace overwhelms us with God’s love, and as a result our heart resonates with the desires of God. His purposes become our own. Our soul delights in his service as love for him and thanksgiving for his mercy make us long to honor him. True grace produces joy and promotes godliness.
Bryan Chapell, Holiness by Grace
HT: Reformed Quotes
Joy is the absence of anxiety. The joy of the Lord is the secret of our strength (Nehemiah 8.10). We lose our joy when we experience anxiety. This frequently happens when our behavior is in conflict with our ideals. Many Christians endure joyless lives because their practice in the nitty-gritty situations of life does not conform to what they know God expects of them. As a consequence they suffer from frustration and face eventual defeat.
Cyril J. Barber, Nehemiah and the Dynamics of Effective Leadership (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1984), 163-164.
Joy is not a luxury or a mere accessory in the Christian life. It is the sign that we are really living in God’s wonderful love, and that that love satisfies us.
Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, p. 114