“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
The expression of Joy is a fundamental training every believer must take seriously. Many have been poorly taught as to what Christianity is; all they ever think of Christianity is sacrifice. However, what God would have us think about Christianity and the fellowship we have with Him and one another is delight! Yes, it might cost us a lot but it will be a delightful sacrifice.
For the believer, Joy is not an insignificant topic. It is a big topic for us because it is a big topic in Scripture. The reason why the subject of Joy is so crucial is because the delight of knowing Christ surpasses any gain this world has to offer or any pain that we might experience.
The emphasis on the believer’s expression of Joy irrespective of the present circumstance is noteworthy. Several texts of scripture talk about this.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…
Joy for a believer is not an emotion, it is a fruit of our Spirit. This means the Joy the believer possesses is not circumstantial.
Apostle Peter, speaking of the testimony of the believers who were facing persecution, records that they loved whom they had not seen and rejoiced with joy unspeakable. (1 Peter 1:6-8).
1 Peter 1:8
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Apostle Paul writing to the persecuted church at Philippi and about the impoverished church at Macedonia speaks of their joy despite their condition.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
2 Corinthians 8:2
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
The only way you can be consistently joyful all your life is if your joy is hinged on Someone eternal. Our joy must be hinged on Christ, the One who bought us with His blood and made us His own eternally.
Say This: I’m always Joyful. I’m ever so joyful. Joy is a fruit of my Spirit.