Published on July 30, 2014
Keeping that bright spirit & radiant countenance which comes from full fellowship with the Lord, even when faced with ‘unpleasant’ conditions. : Keeping that bright spirit & radiant countenance which comes from full fellowship with the Lord, even when faced with ‘unpleasant’ conditions. Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, & is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 226-275 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 3-2, various Character Councils, & other websites Overview Defining “joy” Simchah: Defining “joy” Simchah A primary Hebrew word from the root word samach “to brighten up, to make glad, to be merry.” Related Biblical words rejoice (Philippians 4:4) exceeding glad (Matthew 5:12) delight (Psalm37:4) blessed - to be spiritually prosperous, happy From where does true joy come?: From where does true joy come? *Pouring ourselves out for a greater cause… *Working towards a goal that brings a soul-depth satisfaction *Serving & giving to others… *Putting a smile on the face of God (the joy of the Lord is my strength…Neh. 8:10) Balance Joyfulness with…: Balance Joyfulness with… *Sensitivity… “Using my senses to perceive the true attitudes & emotions of others” *Faith… “ Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how” *Use Humor with Discretion… “Finding something to lighten the mood while being aware of deeper needs“ … 5 Keys to Building Joy : 5 Keys to Building Joy 1. Master the emotions 2. Chose to look on the bright side 3. Seek to serve 4. Lighten up! 5. Set the mood with your facial expression, dress, words, emphasis, tone, etc. The 5 “I Wills”: The 5 “I Wills” Ah, the choices we make… 1. Look for the good in all things. 2. Smile at adversity. 3. Not give in to discouragement. 4. Not allow my emotions to rule my mind. 5. Make it a point to laugh & sing everyday. Upcoming areas of Joy … Lesson 1: Upcoming areas of Joy … Lesson 1 Providing brightness in the lives of others regardless of outward conditions 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Another Way to Say It: Rain or shine, keep your chin up & don't be afraid to share love, comfort, & joy with others. Lesson 2 ~ Refusing to enjoy anything which harms the person or reputation of another: Lesson 2 ~ Refusing to enjoy anything which harms the person or reputation of another 2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, & more abundantly to you-ward. Another Way to Say It: Cut out the practical jokes & gossip, & stop with the assassination around the water cooler already! Lesson 3 ~ Living cheerfully despite physical limitations: Lesson 3 ~ Living cheerfully despite physical limitations 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Another Way to Say It : Be an energy giver!! (Stop lookin ' at chur bellybutton... :-) Lesson 4 ~ Knowing, & being, where God intends me to be: Lesson 4 ~ Knowing, & being, where God intends me to be John 15:10-11 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, & abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, & that your joy might be full. Another Way to Say It: Eyes up! Set your sights on something larger than just you! Just A Thought…: Just A Thought… Having a God-given transcendent purpose in life & a personal day-to-day relationship with Him is the foundation for all our joy. …that for the joy that was set before Him….