“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” (Gal. 5:22 KJV.)
Joy is defined by most dictionaries as a feeling of pleasure, happiness, or any similar emotion. But there is more to joy than just a feeling or an emotion.
The scripture calls joy a fruit of the Spirit. It is rooted in and originates from the spirit of man. The emotion or feeling is a fruit, but the seed that produces that fruit is in the spirit of man. Joy is a spiritual virtue. Humanity has done all it can over thousands of years to fabricate this virtue to no avail, because joy is a spiritual virtue.
Joy is present in the heart (spirit) of man as a seed and in the soul as the fruit, which is the actual feeling of joy, pleasure, and happiness. There is a seed in the spirit and a fruit expressed in the soul and body. Your life of joy begins in the spirit, and not in your soul. The seed of joy in the human spirit is the Word of God.
Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts” (Jer. 15:16 NKJ.)
When the Word comes in, the Spirit moves. This joy is the joy shed in the heart by the Holy Spirit: “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17 NKJ.) Start planting the seeds of joy in your spirit and expressing that joy in your soul daily!
Meditation takes the Word of God into the heart. When His Word enters, joy follows! Meditate on the Word above!
Thank God for the gift of joy in your life.
ACT ON THE WORD
Have you been joyful? Start rejoicing in the Lord today!