The Gift of Joy in Salvation

People in the Christian community often quote their favorite verse from the Bible. The verse I love most is found in 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV):

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”.

Men and women of faith who followed Jesus during New Testament times, laid the ground that my feet walk on. I admire these disciples of Christ and wish I could have experienced knowing Jesus in person. To have been the woman who washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, would be indescribable. To have prepared food for Him like Martha, or sit at his feet like Mary would have left me speechless.

The verse in 1 Peter reminds me I have experienced something just as special, an “inexpressible and glorious joy”!!! A joy that is found in placing my faith in Jesus. The joy in salvation found in Christ, is a incredible gift from God!.

As Christmas approaches, most of us are checking our shopping lists to make sure we haven’t left anyone out. I ponder what gift I can give to Jesus, after all, it’s His birthday. In my flesh, I feel like the little drummer boy who has “no gift to bring, pa rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum, that’s fit to give a King, pa rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum…”. My prayer is that the love I feel for Jesus is a spiritual gift that blesses His heart. So I lay before King Jesus my heart, a spiritual present, wrapped in the fact I believe, love and trust in who I cannot see.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Explain why?

3 Responses to The Gift of Joy in Salvation
  1. Jennifer, Snapshot
    December 22, 2006 | 12:12 pm

    I love how Paul said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.” I think that is the key to true joy as well. Being happy with what we have, or don’t have, and even the obstacles that we are trying to hurdle.

  2. Janice
    December 23, 2006 | 1:24 am

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 – this was my life verse when I was sick for so many years.

  3. Heather
    December 23, 2006 | 1:23 pm

    My prayer is that the love I feel for Jesus is a spiritual gift that blesses His heart.

    You do bless His heart, and many hearts around you Paula!

    Mine is Ephesians 6:13
    Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.