Step One – It’s Easy to Cultivate Joy through Praise and Worship
It is easy and a joy to sing a song of praise and worship to the Lord. Paul encourages us, “to be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with our heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18c-19 NASB)
Step Two – It’s Easy to Develop Joy in God’s Word
It is easy to enjoy God’s Word especially when listening to audio Bibles. I recommend The Passion Translation: The New Testament: With Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs. If you have children (or are a child at heart), Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles (Dramatized) by Your Story Hour are wonderful. They’re not for kids only as adults find it easy to enjoy the Word dramatized!
Step Three – Finding God’s Heart in Prayer Can be Easy and Joyous
Prayer is our opportunity to pour out our heart to the Lord, then listen and gain His perspective. “The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” The Lord allows us to feel His heart for other people who are being crushed by sin, sorrow or injustice. There is a joy in sharing others burdens by partnering with the Lord in prayer.
Step Four – Easy (or Not) Let us Grow in the Spirit of God
Sometimes it seems easy to cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Sometimes fostering growth is both challenging and stretching because it requires us to deny ourselves take up our cross and follow Him. (Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 9:23)
Step Five – The Spirit of God Makes it Easy to Nurture Joy in Relationships
When we are quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, we are more likely to represent the love of God to others. Love is sometimes easy and sometimes requires much labor and sacrifice, but it is always rewarding because the Spirit of God makes it profitable. Whether we see the fruit of our labor of love in the relationship now, years in the future or it is delayed in our lifetime, we can give love freely, forgive generously, and do everything as unto the Lord. For God is Love and His Love never fails. (James 1:19-20)
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