Key Bible Verses: What is our hope? What is our joy? When our Lord Jesus returns, what is the crown we will delight in? Isn't it you? Yes, you are our glory and our joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, NIRV)
When my children interact authentically, get along, laugh, trust and love one another, I feel joy. I like it when they follow my set rules, but it's no substitute for this feeling.
Does God experience more joy when his creation, his people, follow a set of rules or when he sees his children, his beloved and cherished creation, connecting with one another and showing love to one another? This thought shook my world [a number of years ago]. I began to ask, [Does God experience joy … ]
when a dad gets down on the floor and wrestles with his children?
when a person stops the car to help another person change their tire?
when a worker thanks his boss?
when a dad makes breakfast for his children?
when a husband apologizes (sincerely) to his wife? God must rejoice in that!
[I have come to believe that] the joys I experience here in this life mirror the emotions and joys our heavenly Father feels and experiences because we are created in his very image.