We continue our Friday Fruit series today with… joy.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.”(Philippians 4:4)
Joy is about faith, and finding God in all circumstances. So that our joy and attitude can be governed not by what is happening to us, but by the fact the God is with us in these happenings.
How do we develop Joy as a Spiritual Fruit?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
This is not just an instruction to be joyful, but an indication of how joy can be achieved.
We can be joyful by:
- Praying continually
- Giving thanks in all circumstances. (Not FOR the circumstance, but giving thanks DESPITE the circumstance)
If we are faced with circumstances where our first response is not joy, then our first response needs to be to bring it to the Lord (in prayer). Then we need to give thanks for God’s provision, and the fact that He will be with us.
If we can learn to always bring everything to God, and look for the opportunities for thanksgiving, then we will learn to find joy, even in the worst circumstance.