Fruit of the Spirit-Joy

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

The Joy Fruit

The second Fruit is Joy. Joy is defined as “great delight or gladness of heart.” Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. God-given joy is a lasting, deeply satisfying state that we can remain in while walking with the Holy Spirit. As He permeates our being and fills us with this joy, we are then able to give it to those around us. As the Scriptures say, “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11)

Like the Fruit of the Spirit Love, possessing joy is a choice. We choose to accept God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. The Holy Spirit draws us to God, in whose presence we can know true joy. Without the Holy Spirit, no one would seek God. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy. (Romans 15:13) says “13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Joy is not found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete. In this world, surrounded by so much sorrow, hurt, destruction and weariness, we must remember that only God brings true joy.

Happiness is dependent upon life events or surrounding circumstances. But, joy is permanent. It doesn’t scatter because of trouble. Joy is a quality of God’s people, found while in His presence.The temporary pleasures, happiness, and satisfaction that the world gives us are limited and shallow at best.

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