Joy → J-O-Y:
It also helps at times to look at things in different ways, from different angles, completely upside-down or backwards.
Joy backwards → Y-O-J:
Obedience has a negative connotation of blind submission that conflicts with our pride. We think of obedience as a kind of strangle hold on our freedom, but try thinking of a hug instead.
God’s laws are not meant to take the fun out of life; they are really laws of love and the boundaries are more like an embrace. The Good Shepherd tells us that if we live within these boundaries, He can protect us, guide us and love us; when we go outside of this embrace, He can't promise us these things. When we sin, we refuse God’s embrace in our life and then we wonder why we feel abandoned, depressed, prayers not being heard or answered, etc.....
“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:10-11)
This gives true meaning to Christmas Joy.
|Wise men still seek him...and his embrace.|
"...the law of the Lord is his joy;
and on his law he meditates day and night."