Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
Proverbs 12:20 (NKJV)
How many propositions each one has, but who nourishes peace plans? The wisdom of the Proverbs draws a clear demarcation between those who plot evil and those who seek peace: for one the deception, for the other the joy. In the sermon of the mountain, Jesus declared "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9 - NKJV). The book of Proverbs tells us that "counselors of peace have joy" on their path. Who does not want joy? Scripture makes us understand that the attainment of joy presupposes the search for peace, because the two things go together, like the faces of the same coin. If one goes on feeding discord and division it will never have joy for itself or for those around it. The believer who considers himself a child of God remembers the words of the Master in the Beatitudes, where the only condition is to work, to commit oneself, to work for peace. Only those who know the joy of giving, and will never draw back from doing the good of others.
In reality, every person wants joy, wants a satisfied heart. And God created us for this, and Jesus came so that our joy may be complete. Joy is therefore a profound desire of man, but very different from happiness, ephemeral and fleeting emotion, as it is linked to situations and material facts. But many do not find joy, because they do not know the Father of joy, they fill their lives with things that do not give it and can not give it, thus chasing illusions and even nourishing their soul of sin, as King David did when he fell in love with Bathsheba. The direct consequence was the loss of that joy that in the past made him dance before the Ark of the Eternal. It was for this reason that, taken from the prophet and aware of his own sin, he prayed: "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation" (Psalm 51:12 - NKJV). Whenever we fail in the eyes of the Lord, we fall into despair, losing that joy which is our strength. And the adversary of our souls knows this well, that's why he tries to deprive us of joy. When we are without joy, we are weaker and easily fall prey to the enemy.
We do not ignore the fact that joy is a fruit of the Spirit, as written to the Galatians, and we invoke the intervention. Allow the Spirit to work our lives and fill us with His presence, so as to resist and put the devil to flight. God himself experiences joy, as stated by the prophets, before in the parable of the prodigal son. "The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17, see Isaiah 62: 5, Jeremiah 32:41 - NKJV). When we dwell in salvation, God rejoices in joy for us. Do not allow anything or anyone to take away the joy you have in your heart. The Lord has come to you with his Word so that you may have life in abundance and complete joy. If you feed peace in the name of the Lord, the Scripture declares that there is joy for you. But know that whenever the joy reaches the edge and you are enjoying the sweetness, something will take away a part, trying to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Do not be deceived and robbed because the "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy" (Psalms 126:3 - NIV).
Weekly Bible reading plan
30 th July Psalms 51-53; Romans 2
31st July Psalms 54-56; Romans 3
1st August Psalms 57-59; Romans 4
2nd August Psalms 60-62; Romans 5
3rd August Psalms 63-65; Romans 6
4th August Psalms 66-67; Romans 7
5th August Psalms 68-69; Romans 8: 1-21
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