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Reflections: Advent: Our Joy

1 Peter 1:8

8 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, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

This is the season to celebrate and find the joy we have in the coming of our Savior. Joy is not a temporary feeling or a fleeting emotion. It is a defining characteristic of true believers in Christ. Our joy shows the world who we are and whom we serve. It is a constant reminder that we have God’s love and grace. While we may suffer in this world, our joy keeps us hopeful, and allows us to persevere in our Christian walks. Let’s remember to live faithfully and joyfully, especially as we prepare for Christ’s coming this Advent and Christmas season.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.

  • What is the best way to experience joy? How does joy help you in your Christian journey? What do you think is the best way to have joy instead of happiness?
  • How is joy related to faith? In some ways, our joy may show us how much we trust and rely on God’s promises. What makes you the most joyful this time of year?

Prayer:

Lord, as we go through the third week of Advent, please give us your joy; the joy of knowing our Savior came to atone for our sins and bring us into a true relationship with you. Let our joyful songs of praise and our joyful characters be a testament to how much we love you. Thank you for this season of hope, peace, and joy.