Saturday, May 14, 2011
Joy...a Fruit of the Spirit
Joy...a Fruit of the Spirit.
Song: I've got joy down in my heart...Jesus first, yourself last, and others in between.
Like words: rejoice, happy, joyful
Happiness depends on happenings; but joy is continual. John 16:16-33 (v. 24)
Defined: [OT] Rejoice, age or stage in life, delight, gladness, good, beauty, to be or make gleesome, cheerfulness, welcom battle cry, clanger, blithesomeness or glee - most common meaning used 43 times.
[NT] Exultation, delight, cheerfulness, to glory in, to rejoice in, to boast, gratify, derive pleasure, to curm or hold in check, gratitude, benefit given, calm delight - the most common meaning of joy used 51 times.
Verses: Nehemiah 8:10; Ps.51:12, 126:5; Isaiah 35:10, 61:3; Zeph. 3:17; Luke 1:44; 15:7; John 16:24; Romans 15:13; Gal. 5:22; Phil. 4: 1; Heb. 12:2; James 1:2; 1 Pt. 4:13; 3 Jn. 4
Since last Sunday was mothers day, I also added this little study about the most joyful mother I could think of in the Bible - Elisabeth. She is the only mother in the Bible that I can think of that was told that her child would bring her joy and others would rejoice at his birth.Luke 1:5-25, 39-45, 57-80. (Key verse 14)
John's life - John 3:1-22, Matt. 11:2-19 (prison), Mk. 6:16-29 (killed)
Personal application: I may not always be bouncing off the walls with apparent happiness, but I can always display calm delight. I have the Lord as my Savior and he brings me joy - inner happiness and pleasure. I can strive to train my children in a way that will bring me and others joy in the future. I can ask the Lord for things in His name that my joy may be full...(I am thinking of one "thing" in particular!) Jn. 16:24
Until next time,