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Happiness and joy

Hello, God has given me something in Esther 8:16, which says,

“For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.”

Gladness: The Jews in every city that the edict was sent out, the Jews celebrated.  They were no longer under the death sentence. They were even feared by some people, who became Jews because they feared them. God does work all things out for the good of those who love Him, (Romans 8:28). The Jews could celebrate, they were not weighted down by the certain death that they had been under.  God had saved them once again.

Christians: Christians have been saved from our sins. We are going to heaven. But, unbelievers have not been saved from sins. They have not accepted Christ as their savior. If you are an unbeliever, then why don’t you become a believer. Why don’t you be saved? Why not be able to rejoice in Christ? Christ is mighty to save, and He is willing. He will love you and save you, so why not come to Him? Why not come to Christ, and go to Heaven? Why not experience God’s joy? Why not be loved by Him, and be carried in His arms?

What to do: Here is one thing, in application to this passage, that we are to do as Christians: Rejoice in Christ! We are saved, so why not rejoice in Christ? We should rejoice in Him (Deuteronomy 12:7). Christ has saved us, so lets rejoice in Him, and tell other unbelievers about it. Let’s share the Good news of the Gospel with unbelievers. Why? Let’s say that we’re all locked up in prison, in different cells. Let’s say that someone comes in and gives one of the people the key and tells them to help others. Now, let’s say that person did not help others, and you were one of the people left locked up. How would you feel if the one person left, and you couldn’t? So let’s go help give the key to others. Jesus came to save all of us.

God: God has given His own son for us. He has loved us so much, even when we were horrid sinners. So, let’s praise Him. Let’s give thanks to Him, and love Him. Praise Jesus for giving His own life for us. Praise Him for loving us so much, that He became the sacrifice for our sins. Give thanks to Christ, and rejoice in Him. Thank You, Jesus! He has saved us from sins, He has died for us, let’s praise His holy name. Thank God for saving us. He could have just wiped us off the face of the earth and “started over”. But God saved us from our sins. He saved us, so let’s worship Him! Thank You, Lord.

Application: How does Esther 8:16 apply to us? We were under the death penalty. We were certain to die in our sins. But, Christ came, and He saved us from sin, giving us armor to fight the evil one. Now, we should rejoice in Christ, like the Israelites did. Now, we can rejoice. We have a reason to now. Jesus came under the death penalty for us, and He gave His own life for us, freeing us from sins and letting us rejoice in Him. Let’s give thanks, and help others to see the light of the Gospel. Let’s help share the Gospel, like the messengers sent to carry the edict to the Jews. Let us carry the message of the Gospel to others, and help them to see Christ and be saved.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for me. Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit, and giving us joy. Please help me to love You more, and run to You. Please help me to draw close to You. Please help me to long to be in Your word. Please help me to rejoice in You. Thank You for making me Your daughter. Thank You for loving me so much. Please strengthen me, and other believer around the world. Help me to talk with You more, and walk with You more. Thank You for blessing me so much. Please help me not to be proud. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


The good of those who love Him, Romans 8:28,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Rejoice, Deuteronomy 12:7,

“There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.”

Beginning verse, Esther 8:16,

“For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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