“…your joy no man taketh from you.” (John 16: 22)
We have a right to joy. In fact, this true happiness is a built-in aspect of our being. It is a quality that is inherent in us and which has its Source in God, the Infinite One.
Jesus knew this. He was assuring his disciples that while they might feel confronted with fear and trouble, confusion and doubt, their joy could not be lost. No person, by his behavior towards us or by his beliefs about us, can rob us of that inner consciousness of divine peace and satisfaction, that uplifted awareness of true life and light.
We can choose to give up our joy because of others or by our own depressing thoughts towards ourselves. But this joy, your joy, is ever available for God is always with you. His Love and His cheer, His Truth that reveals reality, is yours forever.
We always have access to this happiness. It isn’t contingent on people and things, circumstances or even our own personal efforts at optimism. This joy is God’s precious affection pouring in, His smile that is always upon us, calling us to laugh, to be glad, to awaken to our true lovely, lovable, and joy-filled selves today!
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