(Un)popularly Joyful

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Morning all! Ps 45.7 says “You have loved righteousness (virtue, morality, justice) and hated wickedness; Therefore God, your God, has anointed you above your companions with the oil of joy.” AMP‭

Being a Christian is seen as dreary at the best of times. It follows on then, that Christians who stand strongly by their Christian principles are almost always seen as ‘traditionalists stuck in the olden days’. The Bible very clearly teaches us the difference between right and wrong and when it’s the foundation on which we build our views, it sets our moral compass. That means a lot of our opinions will be very unpopular a lot of the time. It also means that many of the decisions we make won’t make sense to the people around us. Choosing to show kindness to people who ‘aren’t deserving’ and being positive in the face of adversity aren’t normal in modern day society. However, the Bible teaches us that it is indeed virtuous. Time and time again, choosing to love righteousness and hate wickedness won’t be rewarded by men… but it will by God. This verse clearly tells us that if we embrace being atypical, God will give us more joy than the very people who don’t understand why we do what we do. Let’s make an effort to remember this the next time we’re tempted to dilute our beliefs to blend in with everyone else – sacrificing our joy really isn’t worth it.

Happy Wednesday!

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