The Gift #9 : Joy

Irene's geranium in bloom
Irene’s geranium in bloom (photo: Irene Bom)

The Gift booklet
12-part series of readings and
prayer poems on the Holy Spirit


1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 (NIV)
Paul writes, ‘You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.’



thank you for those
who model to me
how to live
as a joy-receiver,
and to-joy-transformer,
even in the midst of
severe suffering.

May I have the faith and courage
to do the same.

by Irene Bom

Joy-related Scriptures

Philippians 4:4
Romans 12:12
Romans 15:13
1 Thessalonians 3:9
Hebrews 12:1-3
James 1:2

All related Scriptures (in one go)

Interesting …

Joy is a hot topic in Luke (NIV: 12 references)
Faith is a hot topic in Romans (NIV: 40 references)
Love is a hot topic in John (NIV: 39 references)
Hope is a hot topic in Acts (NIV: 9 references)

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