Devotion: The Fruits of the Spirit- Joy

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“The only lasting and fully satisfying joys for any man lay at the other side of a cross.” – Walter J Chantry

I just love this quote! It really captures the essence of what joy is. Joy is exclusively a feeling God gives to His children! Let’s see what scripture tells us about joy!

Psalm 16:11- “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

1 Peter 1:8-9- “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Joy is not happiness. Happiness fades and is dependent on what happens to us, our situations. Joy is something far greater. Joy is a irreplaceable gift given to us by Jesus Christ! It never runs out, it is God’s presence in our hearts and in our lives. Having joy does not mean never having hardships or never struggling, instead it means in all situations you have God!

How do you view Joy? Are you searching for happiness when instead you should be searching for the Lord?

My challenge for you today is evaluate the relationship you have with joy. When you are having good times what do you turn to? When you are going through hardships what do you turn to? To things that give you happiness? Or to the One who gives you everlasting joy?

“Jesus, thank You for taking my sins so that I may have everlasting joy with You in heaven. Thank You Lord for being with me through anything and everything. Please help me to remember to turn to You and the joy You give in all situations I face, good and bad. Help me to know that this world is deceiving. When I am told time and time again that my happiness should be my top priority, help me to see your truth! Show me Father what is truly important. In your precious name, Amen.”

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