JOY - Dig Deeper
The number two Fruit of the Spirit
Joy is a result of love and can only be received from God through the essence of our faith.
Joy is a beautiful word. When God blesses parents with a beautiful baby girl, a name they might choose for her is “Joy.” Altogether, there is something beautiful about joy. However, in order to experience its beauty in our lives, we need to understand the real nature of joy. And, in order to understand that, we must know something about human personality.
It is not by accident that joy follows love because joy is a by-product of love. If you concentrate on being a joyful person joy will elude you. But if you concentrate on being a loving person the joy ill seek you out – you will automatically be joyful.
If there is no joy in our lives then we need to question if we really are allowing the Spirit to work in our hearts. Joy, like love, is the essence of our faith. The empty tomb takes away our empty gloom.
We can better understand this supernatural joy if we distinguish it from the pleasures of life with which it is sometimes confused. Spiritual joy is quite different from pleasure or happiness. Happiness depends on what happens. It requires conditions to be favourable and it can be stolen from us by things like lack of money or even a toothache. Christian joy, however, is completely independent of circumstances. It is there in the believer even when strength and health and friends are gone – when circumstances are not only unkind but savage.
Joy even that which is in the Holy Ghost and has him for its author. The object of it is God, not as an absolute God, but as a covenant God and Father in Christ; as the God of salvation, as clothing with the robe of his Son’s righteousness, and as pardoning iniquity, transgression, and sin, full atonement being made by the sacrifice of Christ; who also is the object of this joy in his person, fullness, righteousness, offices, relations, and when beheld, embraced, and enjoyed in a way of communion.
This joy, likewise, which is the produce of the Spirit, lies in spiritual things, and arises from an apprehension or good hope of interest in them, as justification, pardon, peace, adoption, and eternal glory; and is peculiar to such who have the Spirit, for a stranger intermeddles not with this joy, nor can he form any judgement of it, and is even unspeakable by the believer himself. Moreover, joy in the good of others, of fellow creatures and fellow Christians, in their outward and inward prosperity, in their temporal, spiritual, and eternal good, which, as it is a grace of the Spirit, may well enough be thought to be at least part of the sense of the word here; since it follows upon, and is joined with love, and stands between that and Peace.