The Fruit of Joy
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
There are nine defined fruits of the spirit that Galatians teaches us and last week we talked about the fruit of love. Today we are going to discuss the fruit of Joy (Galatians 5:22).
Joy produces strength. The greatest joy you can have in your life is accepting Christ. Without Christ, there is a sense of emptiness and a struggle to be happy. The world cannot offer the joy that Christ can give you. Trying to obtain joy through other means will only result in superficial joy. Some people take drugs and drink alcohol in an attempt to find happiness. That is false joy. Joy lifts the burdens that you are carrying. Sometimes in tough situations we just need to put on the garment of praise and allow ourselves to rejoice in the Lord even if we don’t feel like it.
When people feel down, they are encouraged to take walks, because exercise releases endorphins that can make them feel better. It is the same situation if we have lost our joy. We may need to think about positive things. We may need to talk to someone. It is a choice for the fruit of joy to operate in our loves. Praise gets your mind off of you and onto the Lord. He knows what we are struggling with even before we begin to pray.
No one can take your fruit of joy but you. (John16:22)Everything we go through is temporal. It does not last forever and in some situations, there is nothing you can do about it – so why not put on the garment of praise. What causes a heavy heart? Forgiveness, sin, grief or a broken spirit: In proverbs 17:22, it says, “A happy heart is a good medicine and a cheerful mind work healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Next week we will be talking about the fruit of peace.