Joy is the natural reaction in a person who loves to see God at work in others. There’s an inner joy when we see disciples grow and respond to the gospel and the truth of Scripture that is taught. When Barnabas came to Antioch, “he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose” (Acts 11:23).
This was the same for Paul after he had preached the gospel, made disciples and planted churches in many places. “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you” (Romans 16:19). This was also true in Corinth, even after his stern rebuke over conditions that prevailed in that church, they repented and started doing what was right.
“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us” (2 Corinthians 7:9). This verse is so important to remember — joy also comes from “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and seeing the Spirit form Christ in others through discipline.
In both receiving the gospel and in benefiting from discipline, joy is the result. Both are God’s work and we should rejoice in both. I trust you are also finding joy in following God’s work.
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