Helping move a single mom/ministry leader into a new home.
At the new home there was a peony bush. Though the flowers are beautiful, they were drooping onto the ground, becoming dirty or broken. It is similar to the Christian life without The Holy Spirit’s surpassing joy.
As Christians, we have access to the very source of joy: Jesus Christ. And this fruit is available to us through The Holy Spirit, whose fruit of “love” produces “joy.” Multiple times, we are instructed to rejoice or to have joy. We read from multiple places in The Bible,
“”Rejoice in The LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” [Psa 33:1] “Be glad in The LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” [Psa 32:11] “Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” [Psa 97:12] “Rejoice in The Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” [Phil 4:4]
Joy is a definitive mark of a true Christian filled with The Holy Spirit. As The Holy Spirit says through David, “praise is comely for the upright” and, “the voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous…” And in Chronicles it is said, “glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek The LORD.” [1 Ch 16:10]
It is clear from even the Torah, that God is pleased with and greatly desires us to rejoice, to be filled with joy before Him.
“…ye shall rejoice before The LORD your God seven days…” [Lev 23:40] “And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.” [Deut 12:7] “And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee…” [Deut 26:11]
So let us not be droopy flowers, but alive and upright. Let the joy in our lives be reflective of the true status of our souls: saved by Jesus Christ and headed to heaven, given all spiritual blessings through Jesus, and beautiful in the sight of our God.
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