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Sunday, 12 August 2018 ·
The Fruit of the Spirit - Joy
The fruits of the spirit include Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self control (Galatians 5:22)
In a lay's man language, Joy can be defined as a feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good. It can also be said to be anything that causes such a feeling. In the scriptures, Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:11 that "these things, I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full". Joy is also mostly composed of gratitude for the supernatural things God has done for us and this "exceeding great and precious promises" for our benefits. 
However, some people find it difficult to distinguish between joy and happiness as the two are believed to have some similarities and correlations, while Joy has been described above, happiness can be said to be to be an act of being happy, Good luck, good fortune and prosperity, it is an emotion and God never intended for people to be in that emotional state all the time. There is "a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Biblical joy comes from fulfilling the spiritual might with a good interaction with people. Jesus put it this way: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit"(John 15:5).

Furthermore, the quality of joy is a much needed quality in this time and moment, no matter how bad of a beating, you may have taken in this life, God can still fully heal, deliver and restore you if you are willing to work with Him in this healing process and once God starts to release His joy into our system, we won't be able to help but feel it and once we are able to start feeling it again, it will become very easy for us to learn how to walk back in it your own daily walk with the Lord. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is your strength. This is why it is so important that every Christian have some level of God's joy operating through them in this life. 

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