Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Joy

Webster's definitions: A state of happiness, A source or cause of delight

Nehemiah 8:10b
.... Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

This is one of my favorite verses. Whenever I am feeling less-than-joyful, I think of this verse and it never fails to help me remember where my true joy comes from.

Joy is being glad in the Lord even when things aren't going your way. When something bad happens, we can still have inner joy because of the Lord.

There's not much else that I can think of to write about the fruit, but joy is such an important fruit of the Spirit. It is one of my very favorite qualities in people. Often you can tell by a person's joy whether they love the Lord or not. When someone has true joy, it's obvious. Non-believers sometimes will have a false joy that they can fake when they are with people, but their real character will come our sooner or later. Let's show the world true joy that can only come from Christ!





Serving Him,
Marissa

4 comments:

Erin said...

thanks for this post Rosiee!!!! i love you!! have fun at the harvest party! ♥ Paigee

Ashley said...

I love that post!!1 It was so good

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Amen! People need to see the light of Jesus shine through us.
Several weeks ago I went witnessing with our Pastor, and as we spoke with this man, who, after observing us said, you seem very happy.

“Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and praise the Father in Heaven."

Great Post Marissa!

God Bless,

Kelsey

Anna said...

It is comforting to know that we can still have joy even if we're not 'happy', isn't it?

Just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you for the Honest Scrap award that's been going around- hope you don't mind!