Indestructible joy isn’t found in circumstance or the past (Philippians 3:1-11), and when we are gripped, broken and condemned by our pasts or present situations, we cannot have joy for the future. True joy comes in knowing that Christ died for us, and that fact does not change based on how we feel or what’s going on (Philippians 3:12-21). It is inevitable that we’ll go through tough seasons that are unfair, but we can still have joy in Christ when we look for His goodness. Life’s ebbs and flows can cause us to be flaky Christians, but while we can lose the things of this world, we can never lose Christ, who remains steadfast (Romans 8:35). Difficulties don’t mean that God loves us any less, as bad things happen to the just and unjust, and where we set our eyes is what our hearts will focus on. Indestructible joy is pursued, not assumed and comes from leaving our pasts behind and living like Christ. This is why joy doesn’t just happen; instead, we need to constantly choose it and we can set our priorities now and decide to have joy in all circumstances.
2) What are some blessings that I’m currently thankful for?
3) What steps can I take to actively choose joy, even in difficult seasons?