Of all the manifold gifts bestowed on man there is none greater than joy. Joy is a product of Love. It is allied to well-being and happiness. In other words, it is of God. The Apostle James made this arresting statement: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Joy is a perfect gift expressed by God's divine idea, man, and as such it is subject to no change or interruption, but belongs to him in full measure eternally.

In human relationships joy is a great asset. It denotes lightness of heart and freedom from fear and anxiety. It carries with it a sense of humor that refuses to be controlled by gloom and heaviness. The great Shakespeare was moved to remark, "A merry heart goes all the day," and every observer of human nature knows this and realizes the buoyant nature of that happy characteristic.

Spiritual Striving
September 21, 1940

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