Fruit of the Spirit | Day Four

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By: Stephanie Miller 

The next fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5 is joy! Think of someone in your life that you would describe as joyful.  What is it that makes you think of that person right away? Is it their attitude? Their smile? Their humor?

 

What does it mean to be joyful?

 

The definition of joy is more than being happy-- it means being content & being satisfied.

 

Read 1 Peter 1:8-9.

 

Even though we can’t see God like we can another person, we believe that He exists. The belief that God is for us and loves us and has saved us through His Son, Jesus Christ, brings us JOY! We find contentment in knowing that no matter what we go through that God is on our side.

 

How does Peter describe joy in these verses? What do you think he is saying?

 

Read Psalm 4:7

 

We find our joy in knowing that God will always provide for us.  He makes us more content than anything on earth can, even food.

 

Read Psalm 43:4.

 

What does the Psalmist describe God as? How should we respond to God?

Psalm 43 says that we are to respond to God by praising Him! Being joyful doesn’t mean that you always have to have a smile on your face or a “positive spin” on things. It means that you are able to see the bigger picture! To be joyful means that you are content and trust that God is there and will come through. That no matter what it is that you’re going through you can trust that God will be glorified through it.

 

Take a moment and list a few areas in your life that make you anxious or you feel don’t bring you joy.  Maybe it’s a relationship, family, future related worry, etc. 

 

Now, take a deep breath and ask the Lord to bring you joy in those specific situations listed above.  Ask that He be glorified through them.  Ask He would help you trust Him and find your joy in knowing who He is!