Fruit of The Spirit: What is Joy?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” Galations 5:22

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” Psalm 68:3

What is Joy

The Lord calls to his people and tells them to be joyful, to be full of joy, but what is joy? A simple search of the bible leads to 242 references to joy. Realizing this it can become rather overwhelming to dissect what is joy.

This can be further complicated with a simple search around the web.

Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as:

 

  1.  a:  the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b:  the expression or exhibition of such emotion :  gaiety
  2. a:  a state of happiness or felicity :  bliss
  3. a:  a source or cause of delight

 

DL Moody is quoted as saying, “Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.”

The more you dive in quotes the more complicated and messy it seems to get. A look at Websters or a Google search for quotes on joy seem to give the impression that joy is happiness. A look at the quote from DL Moody or even a look at all the various scripture verses containing joy seem to give another picture.

This other picture indicates joy is deeper, and more than a feeling.  It would indicate that the Lord is calling us to experience something deeper than a feeling. The Lord is calling us to a joy that radiates out from us no matter our circumstances, meaning even during times of trouble we will still be a joyful people. (James 1:2)

***When you think of joy what are some verses or quotes best exemplify joy? Or perhaps how would you best define joy?***

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