From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Thu Aug 14 1997 - 15:50:51 EDT

At 03:17 PM 8/14/97 -0400, James H. Vellenga wrote:
>I don't agree with those
>commentators who say that the "joy" mentioned in this passage
>is (merely) an inner joy that does not necessarily manifest
>itself in evident happiness. The Christians I've known who
>have maintained their commitment in the face of devastating
>losses, ravaging cancer, etc., still have a fundamental
>delight showing through that draws people to them.

Yes, even in the face of need and adversity - which is why Romands 12:8
tells us that when we show mercy, we are to do so with cheerfulness (hO
ELEWN EN hILAROTHTI). What an unusual thing to command!


Jonathan Robie
POET Software, 3207 Gibson Road, Durham, N.C., 27703

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