Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Neill: the joy of Christ

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    [Jesus:] “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    —John 16:33 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    The ordinary group of worshipping Christians, as the preacher sees them from the pulpit, does not look like a collection of very joyful people, in fact, they look on the whole rather sad, tired, depressed people. It is certain that such people will never win the world for Christ... It is no use trying to pretend: we may speak of joy and preach about it: but, unless we really have the joy of Christ in our hearts and manifest it, our words will carry no conviction to our hearers.
    ... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 33-34 (see the book)
    See also John 16:33; Ps. 9:2; Luke 2:10; 6:22-23; 10:20; 24:52; 1 Thess. 1:6; 5:16; 1 Pet. 1:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, fill my heart with the joy of the gospel.
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