Grief is a necessary process for all of us because loss is universal in a fallen world full of broken people. But God can make us better people by transforming us with the hope he offers in Jesus.
Those who identify with Jesus and nurture obedience to God can live in joy even when facing difficulty.
Worshiping God is inspired by the experience of his grace, and it fulfills the purpose for which he made us. And as we experience his joy in worship it drives us to share it with those around us.
Experiencing the Word of God, the Gospel, gives us the ability to be known and loved. Experiences of the Gospel in turn feed our craving for more of the Gospel and lead to confession and outward expressions of God’s grace to others.
God has reasonable expectations of us which should be cause for fear. But rather than fear that leads to dread, our redemption in Jesus should motivate a reverential fear and desire to imitate Jesus that restores and sustains joy.
Joy is sustained by longing for Jesus’ approval and considering the greatness of salvation. This joy is not only self-sustaining but also inviting and contagious.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ secure hope and joy that remain steadfast even through pain and suffering. When we love and trust him we can experience joy in its fullest.
Joy comes in a healthy relationship with Jesus, faithful service to him, and gracious acceptance of God’s generous gifts.