JOY – “The Celestial Fruit”
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
– Un-Wrapping the Gift of Joy
The Gift of JOY
Joy is not the same as Happiness.
Joy is internal and is a gift from God. (2Corinthians 5:17)
Spurgeon has called Joy a “celestial fruit and earth cannot produce its like. When we are joyful, or full of joy, and that of the best kind, we are favored, indeed! No man takes this joy from us and a stranger meddles not with it”.
(Spurgeon Sermon #1582, February 6, 1881)
So how do we un-wrap this “Celestial Fruit”?
LOVE, Belief, Rejoice (1Peter 1:8)
Belief in God (Romans 15:13)
God’s Word (John 15:11)
Praising God (Psalm 150:6)
Ask (John 16:24)
Rejoice in the Day (Psalm 118:24)
The Angels have Joy (Luke 15:10)
Happiness is good but based on externals, is temporary, and can be lost ~
Joy is deeply internal and cannot be taken away ~ Seek Joy ~
Spirit Fruit – Begins with LOVE
First comes LOVE ~
Spirit Fruit reflects Godly character and first comes Love. LOVE is the greatest quality.
God is Love. Love does not merely describe God. Love is God ~ and God is Love
Scripture describes for us Love’s meaning in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (4-8)
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (Corinthians13:13)
1 John 4: 7-21 tells us that
God is Love
Love is from God
God loves us
We are to love one another
Whoever loves is born of God, and knows God, and God knows him
God perfects us with his Love
There is no fear in Love
“Pursue Love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts…” (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Begin with Love….
What’s In It For Me?
To receive all the “Spirit Fruit” scripture tells us we must “walk by the Spirit”.
So what exactly does that mean?
How do we “walk the walk”, and not just “talk the talk”.
Remember, God’s thoughts are not our thoughts”. (Isaiah 55:8, 9)
In order to increase we must decrease. (John 3:30)
In order to live, we must die. (Romans 8:13)
In order to receive, we must give. (Acts 20:35)
In order to have the abundant life, we must give up the worldly life.
(John 10:10) (Romans 12:2)
So it’s really NOT about “ME”,
or is it?