Joy Fruit

Posted 1/6/2003 7:07:49 AM

"But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy" Gal 5:22-23

Joy is more than happiness. It's a state of contentment that doesn't require comfortable circumstances Pr 14:13, 2Cor 7:4, Hab 3:17-18 in order to thrive. Jesus gives us joy directly John 15:11, through His words John 17:13. God's joy actually can give strength through hard times, instead of being a result only of pleasant ones Neh 8:10, and is actually "food" in the kingdom of God Rom 14:17.

God gives us joy when

There are some wonderful examples of joyful praises in the Bible:

Joy to suffer?

What's the difference?

So it seems to easy to rejoice after God's performed a miracle, or worked out something in our lives. The joy that comes from the Spirit, however, is a gladness in God, not in a pleasant circumstances. This joy comes from being with God, from His Words, from His salvation, and yes, from his actions. It's all due to Him, otherwise it's just being happy.

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