Here’s what will draw others in: ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’


Balance, said the flamboyant Ira North. So when we hit the false doctrines — and we should hit them, make no mistake about it — shouldn’t we also draw out the postive truth of Scripture and let that light draw people to the beauty of the Lord?

When people cried at the reading of the Word, the strong governor Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” Neh 8.10.

Allow me to inch away from the original context, without doing it disrespect, to say that as God’s people, our strength is the joy that we have in the Lord.

At the same time that we tear down all arguments against the simple gospel, the clear exposition of truth, from the joy we feel at salvation in Christ through obedience to him, is the power that will bring others to him.

Nobody will ever be converted to Christ because they believe some teaching is wrong, but because they believe in truth which brings joy far beyond the promise of any other.

Our job is to let them see both the truth and the joy of the Lord which it spawns.

J. Randal Matheny

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