We are linking up with Kate today at Five Minute Friday, and today’s word is JOY.

“I’ve Got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart”

The gentle soprano voices of the elementary kids were singing the familiar old children’s song.  There were even some fun verses added

  1. I’ve got the peace that passes understanding down in my heart
  2. I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer way down in the depts. of my heart (you have to do this one fast)
  3. (and we even came up with), I’ve got the Hallowed hope that hassles hippies down in my heart

It’s a kids song, it is a fun song, but it is a song that most adults seem to forget, especially when it comes to marriage.  Look at all the things that seem to steal our joy.  A fight with our spouse, debt, finances, children, time constraints, in-laws, work, etc., etc., etc.  Actually, let me rephrase that, because we call them joy stealers, but they don’t really steal our joy, we give it over to them.

Part of the key of loving the way Jesus loved, and living a marriage in I Corinthians 13 is joy.  Not necessarily fun, not always pleasure, but Joy.

Look at Christ in the upper room for the last supper.  He chose to wash the disciples feet, with joy.  He wanted to spend this time with them.  He even referred to it as “eagerly desiring”.  These guys were the ones who, in a few hours would neglect him, leave him, ignore him, deny him, flee from him and pretend they didn’t know him.  But He had joy in spending time with them.

Remember, He was the one who sent Judas out.  Judas went, when Jesus told him too.  This was Christ choosing how and when He would die.  Jesus suffered with joy for us.

Now, look at the foot washing, look at the last supper, look at the garden, look at the cross.  Jesus had joy during this.  Jesus was joyfully serving His father, with a deep joy that comes only from the spirit of God.  Now, do you really have a legitimate complaint that your spouse forgot to change the toilet paper roll (for the 47th time this month), Should something like that really steal your joy?


In Tammy’s defense, Shane never signs his posts, I try to be a good helper and edit, but didn’t make it fast enough today.



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