Blog Posts on Joy

On Grudges and Generosity

Tony Reinke
On Grudges and Generosity

God has given us a mouth to speak, a heart to feel, and gospel joy to share. He has taken away every excuse for not spreading gospel grace in our words every day to those around us (Ephesians 4:29).

So what corks the flow of grace speech to others?

One answer is grudges. Not always big grudges, like the ones we hold towards those who have wronged us personally. The kinds of grudges that hinder our generosity are typically subtle ones, grudges towards those who seem less... Continue Reading

How Do I Help My Friends Stay Satisfied in God?

Tony Reinke
How Do I Help My Friends Stay Satisfied in God?

Pastor John recently tweeted, “Christian relationships have this as their goal: to help each other stay satisfied in God.” To learn more about how this gets worked out in practice, we asked him. In part, he said this:

It comes down to whether we taste and see that the Lord is good. I have said this to the church and I have said to pastors, and I have said to my wife. What I want from you, Noël, what I want from my staff, is for them to be happy in Jesus. The... Continue Reading

A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

David Mathis
A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

Alright, husbands, here we go. Today’s the big day. It’s time to muster our level best and not drop the ball on Valentine’s Day.

It’s not too late to make plans, or give them an upgrade — though it might be hard work scrambling at the last minute.

Even so, sometimes our best of Valentine’s intentions go awry. And when we botch it, at least we should try to learn something from it.

Here’s what John Piper learned (perhaps among other things) from botching a... Continue Reading

A (Very) Short Prayer for Joy Seekers

Tony Reinke
A (Very) Short Prayer for Joy Seekers

At the very points in my life when my soul feels most dry and joyless, I often find myself most spiritually speechless. I'm stuck. And when I get stuck in this inarticulate joyless state I turn to the Psalms. There my plea finds its language.

In a lot of ways, Psalm 86 is like the Lord’s Prayer. It's a ready-made prayer for our daily lives — short and simple, yet deeply profound. In it we read this plea:

Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift... Continue Reading

The Invincible, Irrefutable Joy

Tony Reinke
The Invincible, Irrefutable Joy

When the Nazis padlocked the doors of the Confessing Church seminaries in Germany in the Autumn of 1937, Dietrich Bonhoeffer took theological training underground and opened his own seminary in Finkenwalde. Before the Gestapo shut it down in 1939, Bonhoeffer managed to train 67 seminary students.1 These 67 seminarians and Bonhoeffer formed a band of brothers that could not be torn apart, although some of them were arrested, some were dispersed by the Nazi oppression, and... Continue Reading

How Would You Like to Wear Your Joy?

John Piper
How Would You Like to Wear Your Joy?

Isaiah prophesies:

The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

“Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads.

  • Upon their heads as a crown — because joy is the mark by which we share the rule of God.
  • Upon their heads as a wreath — to signify the reward of victory over every sorrow in this life.
  • Upon their heads as a helmet — because the... Continue Reading

The Purpose of the Universe

Tony Reinke

John Piper, Future Grace (Multnomah, 1995), page 9:

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

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Earnestness in Preaching (and Life)

John Piper
Earnestness in Preaching (and Life)

Earnestness is the demeanor that corresponds to the weight of the subject matter of preaching — and life. The opposite of earnest is not joyful, but trivial, flippant, frivolous, chipper.

It is possible to be earnest and have elements of humor, though not levity. Spurgeon had a way with words, for example, that caused some foolish things to look ludicrous. “Live on the substantial doctrines of grace, and you will outlive and out-work those who delight in the pastry and... Continue Reading

I Want to Be More Like My Disabled Son

John Knight
I Want to Be More Like My Disabled Son

Several months ago my son badly bruised his heel while having a seizure. As he walked around the house before school, it was a pattern of grimace, smile, grimace, smile, grimace, smile, grimace, smile. Then when he found his special chair and got the weight off his foot, he sang.

It was amazing to watch. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before.

He wasn’t trying to put on a brave face; he isn’t capable of doing that. What he’s feeling inside comes out on his... Continue Reading

The Secret of Invincible Joy

John Piper
The Secret of Invincible Joy

Jesus revealed a secret that protects our happiness from the threat of suffering and the threat of success. That secret is this: Great is your reward in heaven. And the sum of that reward is enjoying the fullness of the glory of Jesus Christ (John 17:24).

He protects our happiness from suffering when he says,

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in... Continue Reading