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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 says 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.' This week, and part of next week, we will look at each fruit of the Spirit, and how they should be evident in each and every believer. We have taught on love on several different occasions so we will start this week with joy. There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is brought about by physical comfort; but joy is a spiritual force that can be tapped into even when the physical comfort is not even there. It's the joy of the Lord! Jesus said in John 15:11 'These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.' Jesus is telling us here that His joy is in us! Do you know the joy of Jesus? Do you know what that joy is? It's knowing that you have been saved and that you are loved by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! It's the joy of the Holy Spirit that is in us. It's the joy that comes from knowing that the love of God has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us by the Father. It's the joy of life that comes from knowing the Lord Jesus. You should know the joy that I am talking about. It's the joy that you experienced when you were born again. Habakkuk 3:18 says 'Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.' It's the joy that comes from fellowshipping with the Lord Himself. It's the joy that comes from just spending time praising God and worshipping Him. There is no joy like what comes from spending time with the Lord God Almighty! Remember when David prayed in Psalm 51:12 to 'Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.' David missed the joy of the Lord's salvation because of sin, but praise God for His mercy. The joy of the Lord is something that we all have experienced, and that we should operate in at all times. It's the joy of knowing that no matter what happens, we are the redeemed of the Lord, and have been made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. Do you have this joy?

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