From the April, 2000 issue of Touchstone
Indescribable Happiness by Thomas S. Buchanan

Indescribable Happiness

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 14:17

Too often serious-minded Christians speak of the Christian life by emphasizing its negative aspects, speaking exclusively of the things one must not do or the disciplines one should undertake if one wishes to advance in the faith. Although this type of instruction is necessary, it is likely to discourage those young in the faith who are seeking joy and happiness rather than discipline and toil.

The reason for this is that the joy of a life in Christ is so very difficult to describe, whereas the steps that must be taken to achieve it are far easie . . .


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