I have written many times about Galatians 5:22-23 naming the fruit of the Spirit. There are nine fruits listed, of course the first one is love, the greatest one. When we think of fruit we think of something that is produced, it is noticeable and you can see it.
You or I could spend a great deal of time searching the scripture to find all the things concerning the Spirit, or relating to the works of the Holy Spirit. The ones I am beginning to list are some ministries of the Spirit to believers. It regenerates, indwells, anoints, baptizes, guides, empowers, sanctifies, bears witness, comforts, gives joy, gives discernment, bears fruit and gives gifts. (Just a few)
The second fruit of the Spirit listed is joy. What a word. Joy is emotional excitement, gladness or delight over blessings received or expected, for self or for others.
I Peter 1:7-8 (KJV), “That the trail of your faith, being more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried by fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen you love; in when though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
I have had conversations with many people lately that said these Scriptures had proven so true in their life. Some had lost a loved one or had a serious illness, but said the Lord had given them such comfort they could hardly believe it. I believe it, don’t you? It has happened in my life many times. It makes us think of Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”
There are many ways to spread joy. Proverbs 25:11 tells us, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 15:13, A merry heart, maketh a cheerful countenance…”
Verse 15, “All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.”
Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dryeth the bone.” Knowing that our Heavenly Father can supply all our needs, Philippians 4:19 should give us a joyful merry heart. A merry heart is healthful. Being anxious and worrying, having a bad temper, many things can bother our health.
We should pray and trust God when problems arise, don’t let the enemy know you are worried.
“It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song,
But the man worthwhile is one who will smile, when everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always come with the years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth, is the smile that shines through the tears. “
Two joyful thoughts, “To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue” and “no man ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.” A smile is the universal language. It is understood everywhere.
A note about my article a few weeks ago when I was talking about the commercial for intoxicating beverages. I meant to write it was an intoxicating beverage- not non intoxicating.