If you are a believer, how would you rate your current level of joy in the Lord? What is the difference between joy and happiness or fun? Are joy and sorrow mutually exclusive? Are joy and difficulty mutually exclusive? What does Paul mean when he says that believers are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”? II Corinthians 6:10
What role do our emotions play in our relationship with Jesus Christ? Since we are commanded to “rejoice in the Lord always”, what steps of obedience can we take to fulfill this command? Is it possible in the midst of tough times? See Matthew 5:10-11; Acts 5:40-41; Hebrews 10:32-35; James 1:2-3; I Peter 4:13
John Piper has said that Christians need to “fight” for joy. What have you found helpful in this “fight”? How do you respond when you sense the joy of your relationship with Jesus ebbing away? Is joy our responsibility or merely a gift from God?
It has been said that all sin is a failure of believers to find their joy in the Lord. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?