Fruit of the Spirit

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The fruit of the Spirit is....joy
Galatians 5:22

CS Lewis wrote a book called Surprised by Joy in which he describes the unexpected ways in which God works and reveals Himself to us. When we are full of the Holy Spirit, joy can sneak up on us when we are not looking. A scripture will come alive to us and as we engage with our minds, a joyful realisation of truth can overtake us. Sometimes we will be carried into joyful worship by a song or some inspired music.

That joy which wells up is real. It is not a joy so deep that a week of digging will not unearth it. It is a joy that bubbles up from our bellies and errupts in a laugh and an ecstasy that has no words to describe it. But it is more than just a passing emotion. It engages our whole being, including mind and spirit, as we think on how amazing our God is, and all He has prepared for us. That joy unspeakable is ours. It is ours because of His amazing grace.

Let's ask Him for more of it today, for He delights to give. Let's come in repentance before Him, and may the floodgates of heaven's song be opened.

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Comments

"It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, full of glory..."
Susan
TheNewBreed said…
AMEN ! unspeakable joy ! let's do link ?
deenar said…
awesome!perfect joy comes from christ dwelling in us and this ultimate joy is realised in his second coming
Mike said…
Hi Deena, glad to see you back again!
Sidharth said…
The fruit of the Spirit is love...all the others that follow are just characters of love. Love rejoices [joy], love is patient [patience], love does not easily get angered [self-control], love is kind...

Compare 1 Corinthians 13 and you'll find what I just said
lance said…
I love C.S. Lewis. I plan on reading his books. Please, feel free to email me anytime. I have your link posted. I love the work you are doing.Post mine when you can.
Lance
at
www.lancessoulsearching.com
Glenn Standish said…
Wow! What a lovely photo. Thanks so much Mike for visiting us over at TORUŃ DAILY PHOTO here in Poland. Do come again sometime!
Sharon said…
That is a beautiful picture! And it does show joy, doesn't it? No one can share joy like a child can.
Pijush said…
Amazing Contrast. Joyfull faces in charming nature, made the subject perfect.
Cuckoo said…
Wonderful contrast makes the picture just awesome !

Where was it shot ?