Joy: Part 1 "What is Joy and Where does It Come From"
Did you have joy? Honestly, ask yourself are filled with true, pure joy? As Christians we should we living joyful lives, but most of the times our days are filled sorrow, sadness, and pain. Even in our good days, we rarely are joyful. Having joy is our choice; it is not forced upon us. It something we choose to have.
Before you can have joy, you must understand it. So let’s explore what joy truly is. The dictionary defines joy as an emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.
In the bible Joy is defined as one the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Roman 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” We should be walking the Holy Spirit every day, and as result joy should manifested in our lives every day.
The feeling of joy should not be dependent on our circumstances or our moods. We should have the same feeling of joy on the mountain top as we do in the valley. Even in the midst of trials and storms, we should still have joy. James 1:1-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
What should make our joy constant is the love we have Jesus Christ who lives inside of us. 1 Peter 1: 8 says, “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” Now what is more satisfying than Jesus!
Because Jesus lives inside of us-we have excess to joy every day. Jesus tells us in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” In John 17:13 he tell us again, "But now I come to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."
We have joy inside of us because Jesus lives inside of us. Paul us in 1 Thessalonians 1:19-20, “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.”
At the end of this journey, at the end of the race, after we have fought the good fight of faith, we want the Lord to say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” We all want to enter into the Lord’s eternal joy.
Today I encourage you to choose Joy! Joy is something we choose to have and is not dependent on our circumstances or emotions. We need to start tapping into the fullness of joy that’s inside of us thats given to us freely and abundantly by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So choose the Spirit of Joy!
Today’s Scripture: “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22