Among the many blessed attributes of Christ, none surpasses His sheer holiness. While not always perceived outwardly, it was the driving force behind His earthly life and ministry and remains the eternal basis of our salvation and comfort as we trust in Him each day.
There are so many things in life that discourage us and rob us of joy. Yet joy is listed second after only love among the fruit of the Spirit and is meant to be a key blessing in the life of every believer. By considering what gave Christ joy during His earthly ministry we better see how His joy can be ours by grace.
The pride of thinking they knew better than God was at the root of Adam and Eve’s first sin and it continues to be at the root of our own sin each day. Only a Savior who was born in humility, lived in humility, and died in humility is able to atone for the sin of our pride and enable us to live with a right perspective before God and one another.