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The Greek word is eureka, which conveys immediate joy. Joy is the “emotion of the kingdom ” – joy is the fruit of the Spirit, joy is the overflow of those who find Jesus. When the angels announced Jesus’ birth, they declared ‘joy to the world’ — to truly meet Jesus, to receive his gifts, is to know joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Life is full of hard knocks for most and no one sails through it without stormy seas. For many, life is spent more like Eeyore than in awe, as if we have mistaken haemorrhoid cream for toothpaste.

The medieval mastermind, Thomas Aquinas, once wrote

“Man cannot live without joy — therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys, it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”

Simon Ponsonby

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From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

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