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The Heart's Desire (f)
(s yassa)

In joy there is freedom. He made each of us differently and in His presence is when you may truly embrace how He made you because He joys in you. One might think at this point, ?I know plenty of people that like me and nevertheless I never change my behavior for others. Why do I need God?? The thing about God is that He knows everything about you, even the things you do not know. Through Him and in knowing Him, you inevitably get to know yourself much more. You are free to be yourself for He is pleased with you and accepts you for everything that you are. He is the source of all creation so He knows you better than you know yourself and knows what is best. There is no need to worry about oneself.

He knows every move each of us makes because He actively desires us. He knows each and every thought you have, He knows what is in your heart, and understands you perfectly. You have nothing to hide from Him, good and bad, yet He still loves you and will never reject you. Jesus Christ spoke of those who come to Him as such:

?But some will come to me ? those the Father has given ? and I will never, never reject them?And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life...?
-John 6:37,39

When you are at your wits? end and you have nowhere else to turn, the Lord will be there for you to take refuge and comfort; He will never, never reject you. This being so, joy does not depend solely on others, but on God.

If you depend on God for your joy, you never need to fear being hurt or broken by others because Jesus is the Healer and the Holy Spirit is the Comforter. ?Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever?? (Hebrews 13:8). He is a strong tower and will never let you down. Though circumstances change, people come and go out of our lives, and our feelings and opinions change, Jesus Christ does not. He is forever faithful, forever loving, and forever good. He is the Rock that you can lean on.

Included in our blessings are also the people in our lives. These people are not in our lives by mistake - the Lord has placed them in our lives. However, we tend to derive comfort and pleasure from the people that we know. However, just as much as they can comfort and give us pleasure, they can also provide strife and displeasure. For this reason, we must primarily depend on God because He is always faithful.

The Holy Spirit comforts us to protect us from each other and ourselves. The gift of joy gives us the ability to enjoy the company of others and ultimately love others without having to be constantly on guard for fear of what they might do to us. ?For the Holy Spirit, God?s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them?(2 Timothy 1:7). Our trust is in God Almighty, who loves perfectly and not in others or ourselves.

Love for others can be achieved by our joy. This is why it is said that ?the joy of the Lord is my strength.? Joy is our strength because we have nothing to fear. The absence of fear provides room for other things. We have nothing to fear because we know that He will take care of us. ?And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans? (Romans 8:28). We know that we are fitting into His plans if we love Him and follow the Holy Spirit. He takes care of us because He is good, faithful, and loving. His care for us is far greater than any difficulty one might face.

The Lord understands us perfectly therefore, He is the only one that can effectively help us. He might bring people into our lives to bring us closer to Him, but this is one of the ways that He blesses us.

If you are seeking love and God?s face, then you do not have to worry about what others think because you know that you do not answer to them, you answer to God. Therefore, other people should not be the thieves of your joy.

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