Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Joy is my favorite. I love the way the joy of the Lord makes me feel. But, it’s just not about me. It’s about Jesus.
We can’t make it happen. It has already happened. God has raised Jesus from the dead in a sovereign act of sheer, powerful grace. So what we have to do is live in the light of His resurrection. That means living out of gratitude rather than grasping.
N.T. Wright, Relevant Magazine
Gone are the days of living in a clawing and striving for salvation mindset. We live in the days of resting in His victory.
The gospel is not advice, recommendations, or suggestions. It’s a declaration! It’s Good News!
We live in His victory. We live in His grace. We live in His pleasure.
“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves–that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
Astonished. What a great word.