But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Joy
Happiness is one of the most amazing parts of God’s creation instilled in the heart of man. Made in the image of God, man elevates his spirit with a happy knowledge of his purpose in life. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is the exaltation of a spirit of joy transcending the trials and tribulations of life. Joy is the feeling of contentment acknowledging the benevolent hand of the Father in the life of His child. The eyes of joy see hope and promise in the midst of turmoil and pain. Made for the glory of God, man finds within the bounds of God’s love a spirit of peace brought about by the joy of the Spirit. Being anxious for nothing, joyful Christians share their lives in trusting the Father for all things and for His guiding hand to watch over their hearts.
Joy brings about contentment. Seeing the importance of the little things keeps the heart from wanting the things of this world. In the spirit of joy, an understanding of what is valuable in life and what is not comes clear. Little children are filled with joy because they have no worries or concerns. They may suffer pain or loss but they soon put those things behind them and find joy in other things. Like a little child, we are to view life as sandcastles built on the seashore. It will not be long before the tide comes in and washes away everything that was made. Life is transient. A joyful heart realizes the brevity of life and listens for the sounds of the bird or the smell of the roses.
Joy instills a heart of complete happiness. The measure of happiness we enjoy is not governed by laughter but the filling of the heart to know the purpose of life. Jesus endured the cross with a view of joy because He knew the purpose of His life. To be happy in the Lord is to know the value of our life before Him and how His grace guides our life. The fruit of the Spirit is a joy that completes our purpose. Seeing that life can be difficult yet find the plan of God in our day-to-day walk is the joy of the Spirit. Every sun that rises reminds us of the joy we have as children of God. The day is prepared so that we can find the joy in serving the Lord.
Joy is having the knowledge of the ages. There is power in knowledge and meditating on the word of God fills our heart with joy because we see the wisdom of God. His truth guides our minds to serve Him and through this knowledge, we are able to discern the questions of life. One of the great blessings of Spirit filled joy is the ability to understand the meaning of life and knowing how and why things affect our lives. There is an answer for everything and that answer is the word of God. The Bible is complete in revealing all the questions of man. The longer we spend at the well of the Lord the more joy we will have in knowing the eternal wisdom of the Creator. Like a tree planted by the waters, we will enjoy the blossoms of joy coming from the Holy Spirit.
Be filled with joy today. Learn to rest upon the word of God and in so doing you will find the greatest joy.