Experience Joy!

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Everywhere I go I see people of all ages with some type of electronic device that captivates their attention. Whether it’s a Blackberry, IPhone, IPad, Kindle, Droid, Gameboy, or Blue Tooth, people want the latest device. The over use of these devices can lead to addiction. Try taking it away, or you leave it alone for a day and you will see what I mean. My question is does all this give a person joy? I doubt it.

Joy

Paul identified the spiritual fruit of joy. This is something we as Christians are able to express to others. It comes from your heart and soul and is not dependent on the most current fad in technology, clothing, or hobby. If we want real joy, we need to have a good relationship with God, be content without craving more, and live in the belief that true joy comes from acknowledging the presence of the Christ in our life. The Holy Spirit always focuses on Christ, so pay attention to His ministry of joy in your life.

Happiness is temporary and reactive to something that has given us pleasure. Joy is not a reaction. It is a deep-rooted part of our new nature because of our salvation. Joy will survive the worst thing that can ever happen to you. Although nothing can take it away, sin and doubt can diminish our awareness of joy and rob us of our trust in God. Paul wrote a letter to the Philippian Church while he was in jail for preaching about Jesus. In the Philippian letter Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Are you happy right now? If so, is it because things are going your way or something good has happened? Will it last? God wants something better for you. He wants you to have joy, so talk to Him about it.

 

Experience Joy!

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Everywhere I go I see people of all ages with some type of electronic device that captivates their attention. Whether it’s a Blackberry, IPhone, IPad, Kindle, Droid, Gameboy, or Blue Tooth, people want the latest device. The over use of these devices can lead to addiction. Try taking it away, or you leave it alone for a day and you will see what I mean. My question is does all this give a person joy? I doubt it.

Paul identified the spiritual fruit of joy. This is something we as Christians are able to express to others. It comes from your heart and soul and is not dependent on the most current fad in technology, clothing, or hobby. If we want real joy, we need to have a good relationship with God, be content without craving more, and live in the belief that true joy comes from acknowledging the presence of the Christ in our life. The Holy Spirit always focuses on Christ, so pay attention to His ministry of joy in your life.

Happiness is temporary and reactive to something that has given us pleasure. Joy is not a reaction. It is a deep-rooted part of our new nature because of our salvation. Joy will survive the worst thing that can ever happen to you. Although nothing can take it away, sin and doubt can diminish our awareness of joy and rob us of our trust in God. Paul wrote a letter to the Philippian Church while he was in jail for preaching about Jesus. In the Philippian letter Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Are you happy right now? If so, is it because things are going your way or something good has happened? Will it last? God wants something better for you. He wants you to have joy, so talk to Him about it.

Bearing Fruit Called Love

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

fruit-of-the-spiritI love fruit. I remember several years ago someone making the statement, “fruit is nature’s candy.” They may have been right about that. God created some wonderful, tasteful, juicy, fruit that He meant for us to enjoy. I think Paul may have looked at his favorite fruit tree and thought about how God produces a work in him that people need and can enjoy. The Holy Spirit indwells us and bears fruit through us in such a way that people will recognize that God is real

The Spiritual fruit, love, is more than an emotion. The love Paul is talking about is action on our part that makes the object of our love-people-better. When we experience salvation we have received the greatest love of all—the Love of God. When we live before others with unconditional love, we are planting a seed of God’s love in them. I Corinthians 13 indicates that compared to faith and hope, love is the greatest. The fruit of love has slices that could be described as acts of forgiveness, sacrifice, selflessness, compassion, mercy, honesty, and humility.

How is your love-life? Have you shown unconditional love toward someone? Do you love your friends, family, or coworkers enough to share God’s Love through Christ with them? The fruits of the Spirit that God has so richly blessed us with are to be shared. How can you share and demonstrate acts of love today?

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