Such a small word, but what an impact it can make on out lives!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law..”
What is joy?
It is the exhilaration of our spirits and a glorious, triumphant state.
Where do we find it?
Joy is in the presence of the Lord. (Ps. 16:11)
It is found in God’s salvation. (Ps 51:12)
Joy is our God. (Ps. 43:4)
It is given to us from Jesus. (John 15:11)
Most often this word is addressed as a feeling, like love often is. Yet, the definition combined with God’s word reveals to me that true joy is found in our faith and our relationship with God.
While we may feel “joyful” throughout our lives, it is not a constant. The feeling fades, true joy cannot be taken away. (John 16:22)
What does true joy give us?
Everlasting joy shall be ours. (Isa. 51:11)
Our sorrow will be turned into joy. (John 16:20)
It allows the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us. (Gal. 5:22 & 25)
True joy in the Lord is our strength. (Neh. 8:10)
How can we exhibit this, to our families?
1. Keep God first in our lives.
~ By doing so we are choosing to be in His presence, where it is found.
2. Recall throughout the day (audibly or in prayer) that your joy is found in God, not your circumstances.
~ It is not based on your feelings.
3. Jesus gives us joy.
~ If we are lacking, we must ask in faith, for God gives liberally to those that ask. (Jms. 1:5)
4. Utilize God’s strength when we are weak.
~ Grasp His joy, for it strengthens us for all things.
5. Teach our children to find true joy in the Lord.
~ We must teach them that the feelings that things or circumstances life brings along will fade, they will not last.
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