Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory

By Patrick Hawthorne joy

“Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible (unspeakable) and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”   (1 Peter 1:8 NKJV parenthesis mine)

The words ran across my mind like the old marquee sign at the local theater, “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.”  It had been many years, but I remember singing that song in church.  It’s funny how those things pop up.  But, I’ve learned that when they do pop up it’s for a reason.  In this case, the Holy Spirit was pointing me towards my next writing assignment.

As I meditated on the verse in its context, I instantly saw that the Lord wanted me to focus on the subject of depression and how we, the body of Christ, are to avoid it. This message, albeit simple, has been placed on my heart for this particular season.  Primarily the message is for us to keep our eyes focused upon Jesus and to not allow depression to steal our joy.

In my younger days, before I joined the fire department, I was in law enforcement.  For almost nine years, I saw nothing but the worst of the worst.  It affected me mentally.  In fact, my whole outlook on life was so bad that I was sure the world had gone to hell in a hand basket and that we were all doomed…and this was before social media.

Today, especially on social sites such as Face Book, it is easy to get drawn into the Chicken Little attitude that the sky is falling.  Bill  Murray said it best in his classic line from Ghostbusters, “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”

Although it was comedy, we are seeing these very things right now, especially the cats and dogs living together.  “How can you make light of a world thrown into chaos,” some might complain?  Well, I tried the serious approach but that just did not work out for me.

All that is going on in the world is no laughing matter.  Yet, despite the chaos I have a true inner peace brought about by a deep joy that is totally indescribable; it is unspeakable. This unspeakable joy can only be experienced by those who accept Jesus as Lord.  Even then, it only comes by faith.

If you are born again, but not experiencing this wonderful joy, I ask you to examine what you are feeding your spirit.  If you begin to eat of the meat of the Word, I promise you…better yet, God promises you that you too will be filled with joy unspeakable and full of Glory.  Be blessed.

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2 comments on “Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory
  1. mitchteemley says:

    Well said, Patrick! In one of my favorite verses, John 15:10-11, Jesus offers a sort of prescription for joy: “When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey the Father and remain in his love. I’m telling you this so that my joy will remain in you. Yes, your joy will be complete (Greek = “made perfect”).”


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