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Synopsis of Joy Is A Recommended Choice
Good and joyful morning to all brothers and sister on this day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk or whatever is your favorite. We are about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. That slice, this morning is
from the fifth chapter of Galatians.
“…but when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
Some versions of Galatians 5:22 uses different wordings – like:
• kindness might be stated long-suffering or forbearance
• faithfulness may be called generosity
• gentleness may be expressed as meekness
• self-control may be called temperance
Love is always the first mentioned. No doubt, none of the others can exist without love. Today we’ll spend time on the fruit of joy.
God longs for us to experience, and to show joy. Sounds like a recommendation to me.
Let’s face it, the only Jesus some people will ever see is the Jesus in you. The apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to the Corinthians:
Our lives are a letter written on our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ prepared by us. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the spirit of the living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
By the way, the epistles were not the wives of the apostles as I have heard stated in jest; they were letters written to the churches to give further details about the Gospel, the good news about the life of Christ.
Jessie Duplantis, in his book the Ministry of Cheerfulness, says,
“When the Lord dominates you, true encouragement is unconscious. You’ll encourage others without ever realizing it. Joy is not an emotion, it is a spiritual force that you live with, day in and day out. Your ministry of cheerfulness doesn’t shut down just because tribulation comes.”
In preparing today’s message I looked up the words happiness and joy in my synonym finder. The synonym for happiness is
“contented.” It reminded me of radio ads by a dairy that I heard as
a youngster; “Milk from contented cows.” Their line of reasoning was that the milk coming from cows that were contented was better; and
that may have had some validity. My point is, have you ever seen a contented cow that was “joyful”? No! Young horses may jump
around and frolic joyfully, but cows just chew their cud with sullen faces.
At any rate, contentment, or happiness, comes from satisfaction of
one of our five senses…. Joy, on the other hand is not conditioned
by external circumstances.
Today’s world is seeking a “high.” My friend, if a pint of pleasure
gives momentary happiness today, a gallon of excitement will be necessary for the same effect tomorrow.
Two thoughts I hope to place in you today:
1. Happiness comes from happenings, but joy comes from
2. How do you spell joy?
Jesus is first. Others are second. You are last.
I wonder!? Could it be that when we find ourselves lacking in joy it is because we are not experiencing the fullness of the Holy Spirit?
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