THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;”
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
GREAT JOY IS A RESULT
A little boy used to escape from his bedroom after being punished. He would crawl out of his bedroom window down an old fruit tree to the ground. One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down the fruit tree, because it hadn’t borne any fruit for several years. That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples, and during the night, tied those apples on the barren branches. The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, “Honey, I just can’t believe it! That old tree hasn’t yielded any fruit for years, and now it’s covered with apples. And, the most amazing thing is that it’s a pear tree!”
An apple tree yields apples. A pear tree yields pears. And a person with the Holy Spirit inside of them yields joy. In Galatians 5 we learn that there are 9 types of fruit the Holy Spirit produces in the life of a believer and joy is one of them. This echoes the promise of the angels on the first Christmas morning when they brought good news of great joy!
Great joy is the result of being in a relationship with Christ. Take a few moments and reread Galatians 5:22-23. Can you give at least one recent example from your life of each of the fruits listed in those verses? Ask God to continue to grow each fruit in your life.