The Bible tells us in Galatians 4:24 about the nine fruits of the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Fruit Two Is Joy.
Joy is defined as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Do not we all desire to be filled with a joy that is everlasting?
In a world that appears to be growing increasingly dark and cold, with so much hate and evil going on, it seems nearly impossible to be always joy-filled. But the good news is that you can! True joy is a gift which comes once we have experienced God’s amazing grace. This gift of joy can be so great and glorious that it is hard to express. 1 Peter 1:8 says: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” Jesus is pure joy Himself.
Having joy is also a choice. If we are selfish, disobedient to God, and always focused on getting something instead of giving, then we won’t have joy. For our joy to grow, we must love others. We must love God. We must have an attitude of gratitude. Joy can not be found in anything or anyone this broken world has to offer, our joy can only be completed in Christ.
C. H. Spurgeon said: “Joy in God is the happiest of all joys.”