JOY: A fruit of the Holy Spirit

November 20

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

Romans 14:17
7 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

The word “JOY” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by prospect of possessing what one desires, a state of happiness
Let me point out that there are two types of joy, the worldly joy and the God given joy. The above definition will suffice for describing the worldly joy, but doesn’t do much justice in describing the God given joy.
Many think, or have thought at some point that possessions, attainments, having all that one desires will bring joy, well maybe for a while, but that joy seems to fade. Having realized, in our society today, many have sought other measures in trying to bring themselves to that “state of happiness” that is taking harmful chemical substances (alcohol, cocaine, the list is endless) in a bid to reach that high. They end up being addicts; they end up being messed up. We have heard of several whom the world thought had it all, but they end up taking their own lives, and we wonder why, and we hear things like , “loneliness” etc. being the cause. Now why would someone who seemed to have everything, at the peak of his/her career, someone who seemed happy be lonely, to the extent that they take their own life?
Would we now agree now that having all you desire, a truck load of possessions, a home, a family, and your dream job do not guarantee joy.
It turns out that many have been looking in the wrong place.

Galatians 5: 22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Joy does not just happen to anyone; it is not something you wish upon yourself. The bible says it is a fruit of the spirit. This then tells us that to experience the God given joy one has to be born again and be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t stop there, as a Christian one has to activate it, Joy is a fruit, knowing the characteristic of a fruit, it has to be replenished. Using a fruit bearing tree as example, if the tree is disconnected from its root (source) it is only a matter of time before it begins to lose its fruits, so also when we disconnect from God by seeking joy through other means, forgetting that he is the giver (source) of joy, we begin to lose the real thing and settle for less. The “tree” (the Holy Spirit) will continue to yield its fruits, which includes joy as long as it is being nurtured, as long as we stay connected to the source, we all know that when a tree is cut down, that tree cannot be replanted, but by the grace of God, even if we miss it, and go elsewhere seeking joy, we can come back and reconnect to the source. The Joy that the Lord gives is a great thing; we only cheat ourselves if we look elsewhere, or have it but do not enjoy it to its full capacity!

 

For further study:
Philippians 4:4

Personal declaration
My Joy will continually be full in Jesus name!

Questions for you to reflect on
How do you nurture and replenish the fruit of Joy?