“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,”
The fruit of the Spirit, or the result of His accepted ministry within us, includes joy. It follows on from love which should not surprise us. Without love their can be no true joy in our lives, for then what goes under the name of joy will be dependent on worldly things and will disappear when they do.
That we should know the joy that God gives is a very real intention of His. Jesus taught that,
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
He wants us to know the joy that He has Himself, and to be so blessed by it that our joy will be complete – not lacking in anything. This joy is not dependent upon worldly success and wealth, upon activity or even enjoyment. It comes with a realisation and acceptance that we have been saved from the separation and degradation of our sin. Not only that but we have been saved into the eternal salvation and fulfilment held out to us through the unconditional and life-giving love of the glorious and mighty Father. A true appreciation of the wonderful love of God for us, individually, leads us into the almost unbelievable joy of our forgiveness, acceptance and new identity in God – our identity as the sons and daughters of the eternal Father.
This is something that is beyond the affairs of the world. No matter what our situation and condition in our worldly contexts, in the eternal purposes of God, with their commencement in this very moment of our lives, we are loved with an everlasting love. We are on The Way to glory and our total transformation and completion in ‘the image of God’ – the person He intended ‘in the beginning,’ in whom there will be no imperfections, short comings, inadequacies or sadness. We will, in all ways and for the first time in our lives, be totally and gloriously and completely ‘me.’
True joy comes from true love – the knowledge of a true and deep love, and the wonder of loving in return. God’s love brings God’s joy to us. Ours brings joy to Him.
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Dwell on God’s love for you – allow it to bless you without making demands of Him
Father, may Your great love reach into the very depths of me, drawing my love to You, and leading me into the joy of our love. Amen.