Sunday, October 29, 2006

What is Joy?

Do you know what joy is? You certainly do when you experience it. We sing about it. You remember the song. "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where?" Joy is a response of the heart, soul, and mind of a person to his relationship to Jesus Christ. It is outward exuberance. It is a deep knowledge in our souls that all is well and that, ultimately, everything will be glorious. Galatians 5:22-23 reveals that it is the fruit the Holy Spirit produces in our lives when we are obedient to Jesus. It says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Luke notes this truth when he writes in Acts 13:52, "And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit." Paul says it as well in Romans 14:17: "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

Is joy being manifested in your life today? Do you have that deep knowledge in your soul that all is well and that, ultimately, everything will be glorious because of your relationship to Jesus Christ?

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