I had read Mother Teresa's words that joy was a net of love by which to catch souls.
I had never seen that so clearly as I do now.
That Joy is the Presence of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
His Joy draws others to our Lord by His loving Presence.
A net of Joy and a net of Love. Kindness, gentleness, humility, attributes of our Lord's life, His presence in us.
It is truly a net by which to see souls saved as we extend outwardly His love and joy to others lives. Jesus life draws people to Him.
I am put in remembrance this morning, again, of a show we did in which these words became so much more real to me. Seeing how important it is to remember that the Lord's life, influences others by our actions and by His love and joy in us.
There was a little stand at the fair to talk to kids about Jesus.
What a glorious idea that was!
The thought of it made me so happy!
My little three year old grandson loves stories and to go visit the booth was a wonderful thing for him.
He had already gone with grampa but was now wanting me to take him to the booths again and I didn't realize he had already visited that booth.
He wanted to go right in and sit down. And listen to the lady tell the story.
We got to the little kids booth and he went right in and sat down.
The lady looked up at me and told me he'd already been there. So I had to take him out of the booth.
I thought at the time if they only knew how much they had missed.
An opportunity to welcome a little one again, in Jesus' Name, is twice the opportunity to fill their lives with the remembrance of Jesus' love.
It was the salvation story. What a blessed opportunity.
I knew then what it meant that the joy of the Lord is a net of Love by which to catch souls.
And I also knew that Christians need to be encouraged to walk and know His Joy and encouraged in their walks to come to know His joy.
To know how Wonderful a life we have in Him, with plenty to share!
People can get down and they need to be encouraged and lifted back up. Watered with encouragement.
Our lives are like trees and the fruit hangs down for others to eat.
How exciting this life is with our Lord Jesus. How important to share His lovingkindness with others.
How Wonderful everyday is with Him.
And there is plenty of His life to go around. He came to give life and life abundantly.
Love and Joy in Jesus' life are those Waters in the Well that never go dry.
You don't have them to keep them, you have them to give them away to those who need them. And the more we give, the more we get in return to give away again.
No doubt there will be times and have been, that others will feel the same about me. I'll do something that will look uncomely in my walk. Maybe I'm tired just like maybe the lady at the booth was.
Maybe I'll have gone through something and not respond well.
But if Jesus is living in our lives, it is an exciting life and we have been given plenty to give in Jesus' abundant life.
We can get back up and go again. We don't have to stay discouraged with ourselves. His mercy is renewed every morning. We repent and get back up and walk again, looking for more opportunities to share Jesus' life with others.
Look at Paul. He was stoned on occasion, left in the deep, had stripes aplenty, but He was able, by Jesus Christ's life in Him, to get back up and go again.
Children. They aren't a bother. It can make a lifetime difference. People, they aren't a bother either. It is for them all that Jesus came and gave His life that they might live.
If you need to be encouraged today, be encouraged. Jesus is alive and well and loves you. He loves it when you come to Him no matter what you have done or said or been, He is waiting there for you.
The world offers us many things that bring rejection. Jesus offers us Himself. His love and His welcomeness. Any who come to Him He will in no wise cast out.
It is like a tent. And that tent radiates welcome and love and light when it is full of the Joy of the Lord, and people want to come into it. That is Jesus.
That is the expression of His joy in us outwardly going out to call people home. It calls them to HIm.
And it is like a net by which to catch souls. People need to know the love and joy expressed through the life of the Holy Spirit in us.
It is not a bother to have people come in to our lives. There is a welcomeness of Love and Joy. The Light is on in our tents to welcome them to Him.