Do you have joy? Without joy, the challenges of life can seem even more difficult. Jeff Cavins gives a thorough definition of what true joy is. He shares passages from Scripture to help further our understanding of joy. Jeff also encourages everyone to avoid robbers of our joy and how to pursue joy even in the midst of suffering.
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You cannot have abiding joy in your life if you are living outside of God’s commands.
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
1 Peter 1:8
Without having seen him, you love him; though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like hinds’ feet; he makes me tread upon my high places.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (Paragraphs 1721-1722)
God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us “partakers of the divine nature” and of eternal life. With beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the Trinitarian life.
Such beatitude surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes man to enter into the divine joy.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins
Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives.