Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 1:12–15
Key verse: Psalm 55:9
Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
The person who used the word joy more than any other writer of Scripture was the apostle Paul. That appears incredible. Wasn’t Paul beaten, stoned, ridiculed, and mocked wherever he preached? Wasn’t Paul the fellow who knew the inside of a prison cell better than the average criminal?
How could he even think of rejoicing, much less use it so liberally in his epistles? Paul’s delight came from an overwhelming gratitude for God’s work of salvation: “The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant … This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Tim. 1:14–15).
If you have placed your faith in Christ as Savior, think of the supernatural transformation that transpired. You were brought from the domain of Satan into the kingdom of God; you were delivered from unending punishment and gifted with everlasting life.
You became God’s friend, His child. He became your heavenly Father because through the agency of His Spirit, you were born again. Consider the greatness of your salvation, then rejoice in it today.
God, You are my Friend and my heavenly Father. I rejoice in You and my salvation.