Day 25 in 40 Days of Joy

Thursday, May 25th

Title: Enjoying God’s People

Scripture: In 1 Thessalonians 2:20 the apostle Paul told the Thessalonian Christians,

“You are our glory and joy.”

Main Idea: God intends for his people to bring joy to one another.

More: We are to experience some of the goodness of God in other believers: the Lord’s love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, mercy, and so on. This is one reason why it is essential for any true follower of Jesus to be an active member of a local church. Those who learn to walk in love with other believers will experience more joy.

If other Christians don’t bring you joy, something is wrong and you need to get to the bottom of it. For example, it could be because of selfishness, because of a lack of love for others or patience with others. Pray that God will give you wisdom why you lack joy around Christians and pray that he will teach you to love and enjoy your brothers and sisters in the Lord. If you follow the principles of love in 1 Corinthians 13, you will enjoy Christians and love church meetings.

Faith and Worship Declarations: Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I experience your love from them. Your people are my joy and my delight. Let this joy grow more and more.