I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy…..(you know the rest..)

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

JOY!!! A lot is said about being happy…..having fun……giggling and laughing…and there is nothing wrong with that, but those feelings don’t last.  Those feelings are temporary and also depend on circumstances.

But joy is one of the Fruit of the Spirit.  Joy is deep and lasting.  Not the same as happiness but is a result of a relationship with God.  Happiness is an emotion.  It’s something that you feel one minute and could be gone the next, based on what’s going on around.  However, JOY is a gift of God.  People who are joyful may not always be happy, but they choose to display the joy that God has given them and shine their light so that the world can see.

You may be going through the worst trial known to man, but if you choose to be joyful regardless of your situation, regardless of your past, then God sees and honors that.

Peter encourages us to rejoice that we can honor God by setting a good example even when we are mistreated through our service to Him.

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”  1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

We can rejoice knowing that God is always there to help us individually – just as He will help our spiritual brothers and sisters scattered all across the world.

Tomorrow…PEACE!!

One thought on “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy…..(you know the rest..)

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