The Joy of the Lord Is Our Strength

As a third-century man was anticipating death, he penned these last words to a friend: "It's a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people are the Christians--and I am one of them."

Today In The Word, June, 1988, p. 18.

Oh, that we would live up to such a statement today! We are living in very bad times, and it's easy to get discouraged, but let's strive to show the joy of Christ to a world who has no idea what such a joy could be like. If we don't introduce them to it, they may never have the opportunity to experience it!