Today we are going to talk about one of the fruits of the Spirit: joy. Joy is a feeling that comes from a deep sense of well-being, and it is not dependent on our external circumstances. The joy I’m talking about is not based on what we have or do not have.
In Nehemiah 8:10, we read that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This means that the joy that we receive from God is a source of strength for us. It enables us to face trials and difficulties with confidence and hope.
In John 15:11, Jesus tells His disciples, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Jesus desires for us to experience the same joy that He had, which is not fleeting or dependent on our circumstances.
Furthermore, the book of Philippians is a powerful example of joy in the face of difficult circumstances. Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison, yet he expressed joy and encouraged others to rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4).
We also see joy in action in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. The father expresses joy when his wayward son returns home. This joy is not based on the son’s actions or worthiness, but rather on the father’s love for his child.
As we seek to bear the fruit of the Spirit, let us remember that joy is not something that we can manufacture on our own. It is a gift from God, and we can only experience it by abiding in Christ. As we surrender ourselves to God and allow Him to work in our lives, we will experience a deep sense of joy that is not dependent on our circumstances.
Let us also remember that joy is contagious. As we experience the joy of the Lord, we can share it with others and encourage them to experience it as well. In a world that is filled with darkness and despair, let us be a source of joy to those around us.
Let us seek to develop the fruit of joy in our lives by abiding in Christ and surrendering to God. May we experience the joy that only comes from God, and pray that we may be a source of joy to those around us. Remember, the joy of the Lord is our strength.