Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
The theologian who labours without joy is not a theologian at all.
Grace creates liberated laughter. The grace of God...is beautiful, and it radiates joy and awakens humor.
The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this field.
The Spirit bears witness. Ecstasy and enlightenment, inspiration and intuition are not necessary. Happy is the man who is worthy of these; but woe unto us if we wait for such experiences; woe unto us if we do not perceive that these things are of secondary importance.
'joy' in Phillippians is a defiant 'Nevertheless!' that Paul sets like a full stop against the Philippians' anxiety.
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