Hi everyone!! I hope you have had an amazing week and welcome back to week two on the Fruit of the Spirit SERIES!!!
Today we are talking about joy and what do you think of when it comes to joy? Do you remember a fun family memory? How about when you invited Jesus into your life?
I looked up the meaning of the word joy and it means this:
- A feeling of great pleasure and happiness
Joy is such an wonderful feeling and is a big part of the fruits of the spirit. Although, what does it really mean to be a joyful person?
Here is what the Bible has to say about it:
Psalm 1:1-3 1Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers.
I think this verse is saying that we are to delight in the word of God and may that be our source of joy even when things are hard.
Psalm 16:11 11You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
God’s presence is a joy to us and helps us in times of needs. It warms our hearts and guides us when things are hard.
1 Chronicles 16:27 27Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
This means when we spend time with Jesus he gives us the things we need.
Psalm 119:91-93 91Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. 92If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
This tells us that even through our pain and affection, you help us stand strong. God is our delight and he delights in us.
Did you know that joy is mentioned about 224 times in the Bible? Joy is really such a big word. Joy in the Lord is a wonderful thing. Here is a picture my Mom found:
It is of a woman hugging Jesus. This should give us JOY!! This is what Jesus wants to do with us. He can’t wait for the day when He is face-to-face and to hug you wrap you in His arms.
That is all for this week!! May you be filled with joy and worship the Lord. Let’s delight in God’s kingdom and get the heavenly joy we want and all need.
NEXT WEEK: Peace
See you then!!