MONDAY, JUNE 8
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY
The story is told about two wives who were doing their laundry in a laundry mat. They were both mending their husband’s pants. One wife said, “My husband is so miserable. Nothing goes right at work, and he can’t find anything good on television. Our home is a place of despair. When we go to church, the song leader is terrible and the pastor is an idiot.”
The other wife said “My husband is so excited. He can’t wait to go to church. He loves the sermons. We laugh all the time and enjoy our family.” It got very quiet in the laundry room as the women continued sewing the pants. One was patching the seat of the pants, and the other was patching the knees. Source: Unknown
There is something about spending time on our knees in prayer that changes our perspective. This past Sunday we continued our series on Fruit of the Spirit. The fruit is the result of an abiding relationship with Jesus. This week we looked specifically at the joy that is produced from a healthy relationship with God. Christian joy can be defined as a feeling of inner gladness, delight or rejoicing. It can also be godly optimism even in trying circumstances. Paul starts the list of the fruit of the Spirit with the word “but.” That was because he had just explained how works of the flesh were temporary, “but” the fruit of the Spirit is lasting and not tied to our circumstances. Pastor Charles Spurgeon said of joy, “There is a marvelous medicinal power in joy. Most medicines are distasteful; but this, which is the best of all medicines, is sweet to the taste, and comforting to the heart. This blessed joy is very contagious. One dolorous spirit brings a kind of plague into the house; one person who is wretched seems to stop all the birds from singing wherever he goes . . . [But] the grace of joy is contagious. Holy joy will oil the wheels of your life’s machinery. Holy joy will strengthen you for your daily labor. Holy joy will beautify you and give you an influence over the lives of others.”
Ask God to give you a good dose of joy today!