The Source of Joy

We’ve arrived at week 2 in our Christmas verse themed Monday blog posts! Today’s verse comes from 2 Corinthians 2:3b:

“Surely you all know that my joy comes from your being joyful.”

2 Corinthians is a great, and deep, book in the New Testament.  So what can this verse teach us about Christmas?  When Jesus came to earth, the angels sang with great joy and spread the joyful news to the shepherds.  Mary (Jesus’ mother) shared her joy in Luke 1.

The whole idea of joy is to share it!  So, our joy should come from others!  We are joyful when others are happy, and others are happy when we are happy.  Sharing joy means being a part of an amazing cycle of love and sharing among men and women around the world.

If you are a parent, think back to past Christmases when your young children opened up gifts they really wanted.  Do you remember that look of excitement and joy? (If you’re not a parent remember back to when you opened gifts that you really wanted.)  As a parent did you feel that joy that your children expressed too?  The great part about Christmas is that it’s easy to spread and feel joy, it’s almost “built-in” to the holiday.

Spreading and sharing joy doesn’t require any money, or physical investments.  It does require that you be you, and that you share some love and Christmas Spirit.  How will you share joy this holiday season? Will you do it with hugs, kind words or something else?  Share your thoughts below.

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