You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. –Psalm 16:11 NKJV
Joy, one of the nine fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, is a condition of the heart. It is not a result of some external happiness. The Greek word for joy is chara. It describes a feeling of inner gladness, delight, or rejoicing. In the New Testament, joy is almost always used to show a feeling of “happiness” that is based on our spiritual realities—not dependent on what is happening around us.
Joy is a natural reaction to God’s promised or fulfilled work. It is part of the essence of God’s character. As His children, we receive this joy when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The greatest reason to feel joyful is that God loves us with unconditional love. He wants us to accept His gift of salvation and wants us in His family for eternity. Luke 15:7 tells us that all of Heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents.
In John 15:11 (NIV), Jesus says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Our relationship with Jesus is the reason for our joy. The joy of living with Jesus Christ daily will keep us levelheaded and content, no matter how high or low our circumstances.
- Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) says, “…The joy of the Lord is your strength.”Remember that in the valleys or on the mountain tops, the Holy Spirit is right by your side. Thank Him for being there for you.
- Choose Joy! Jesus Only You is a great acronym for joy. He is the true joy in your life. Ask Him to fill you with this true joy!