Joy (Fruit of the Spirit)

banana-1-1330048I’m so happy that “joy” is going to be posted today! The most joyful day of the year: Easter! My Savior arose from the dead and is alive! Hallelujah!

I love talking about joy! One of my favorite verses talks about joy:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4

How often does that verse say we are to rejoice (be joyful)? ALWAYS. Not just when you’re having a good day, but on the bad days as well.

The thing about joyfulness is that it doesn’t depend on circumstance, like happiness. Joyfulness is not an emotion, it’s a choice. You can’t choose to be happy, what happens does that. But joyfulness is choosing to say, “God, you are on the throne and no matter what happens, you will stay on that throne. And I know that you are in control so I will choose to be joyful today.

But choosing joy isn’t a one-time thing. It’s constant and takes practice, but it’s worth it.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

I like to imagine joyful pill salesmen: “Joyful pills for sale! Get your joyful pills! Pills reduce stress, cause gratitude, and stop self-pity. Side effects include good moods, clear thinking, and love of life.”

One song I learned as a preschooler goes:

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

God took the time to paint the sunrise and open the flowers, just for your enjoyment. He is sprinkling mercies everywhere around you. When you open your eyes to see them, you can’t help but be joyful.

As Christians, joyfulness should be constant. God sent Jesus to die on a tree for you and me; the only response to such amazing love is joy. Joy isn’t the absence of suffering, it’s the acknowledgment of the presence of God. Enjoy the present of God’s presence.

Choose JOY!

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