Choose To Be Joyful ~ October 11

Choose To Be Joyful

It’s a no-brainer!

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

The fruit of the spirit is many things and I don’t think it’s an accident love is the first thing listed. And, perhaps, it is no accident joy is listed as the second fruit of the spirit. Joy is something we all crave, and it is also something we hope to give to others. If we can come to a point in our spiritual lives where our very demeanor produces joy that overflows to those around us, I believe it is then we have truly become a branch of God, the tree.

I have often said our emotions are not things that come upon us unbidden, but rather they are states of mind we consciously choose. I also believe the key to being able to make the choice to be joyful is to have a foundation from which to gain that joy. The foundation is obviously the base of the tree, which in the case of a believer is God. When God is our source, and His spirit lives within us and motivates us, joy will be an easy choice. How could we know and feel the love God has for us and places within us and not be filled with joy.

Knowing how much God loves me, makes me joyful It’s a no-brainer!

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