Let’s find out what this whole ‘joy’ thing is supposed to be about. Joy is the second fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22. According to Strong’s Concordance, this ‘joy’ means cheerfulness, that is a calm delight, and gladness. So our joy is to be a combination of being delighted yet calm, glad and exceedingly joyful. Calm, delighted and exceedingly joyful.
Matthew 25:21 – to describe the joy that a person would enter into once he or she has successfully served the Lord
Luke 1:14 -the joy that Zacharias the priest would have once his wife Elizabeth gave birth to the future John the Baptist
Luke 15:7 – the joy that is felt in heaven when one sinner repents as opposed to ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.How do we get this type of joy?
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
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Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,
Jeanie Cullip is a happily married, stay-at-home mom of 3 children of her own and 2 step-children. Finding joy, love & hope right in her own back yard and sharing it with her neighbors near and far. She is a freelance writer residing in Gig Harbor. Find out more on her blog Soccer Mom in Giggle Town.