The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
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. (Galatians 5: 19-23 – NIV)
Those of us who were raised in a church environment remember the acronym for JOY: Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. That’s pretty good, as far as it goes.
You see, joy is a precious commodity. It is more than happiness. The old English teacher in me ( and my grandmother’s discipline ) send me to the dictionary for understanding.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Father, God,Thank you for showing us who we are in You. Thank you for loving us. Help us to love you so much that it spills over onto others.In Jesus’ most precious name.Amen.