Joy – The Second Attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22-23, ESV

My favorite word is JOY!  I’m so excited to write about this second attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit!  Last month I decided to write about each of the nine attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit; one per month.  I began with quality number one in February, since it’s typically considered the month of love.

This month I’ll move from writing about love to writing about joy.   Many of you know the acronym- Jesus, Others, Yourself.  I personally think this sums up the word so well.  When I choose to live my life in that order, I am filled with joy beyond words!  I have not always been happy in my circumstances, but I have found joy that comes from God.  His Spirit fills me with a joyful presence that, at times, would be hard to muster on my own.

Recently, a friend told me she watched the joy-filled life I lived during my divorce.  She was a family friend for almost 20 years and was as devastated as I when my marriage ended.  My response to her was, “Seriously?”  I remember such pain and hurt…. tears and sorrow…  But, she saw a woman clinging to God like never before.  She saw a woman praying without ceasing.  She saw a woman setting aside her pride and allowing others to love and serve her. She saw joy!

I tell you about my past because I want everyone to experience the joy that comes from the Lord!  I want everyone to look up and out; to look beyond his or her circumstances to the joy that is waiting!  You may be thinking I don’t know your story- I don’t know your pain!  And you’re right.  But, I do know the ONE who does know your pain and story.  Spend time in God’s presence and allow the Spirit to fill you with joy and love. Spend time with your Bible and read God’s truths and promises. Spend time in prayer talking to your Father.  Spend time listening to worship music, sermons, and podcasts and hear others tell of God’s greatness!

Are you living a joy-filled life that comes from abiding in God?  We receive hope when we read each other’s stories!  Please share in the comment section below.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galations 5:22-23, The Message

Lori Burrell

Lori loves encouraging and talking to women of all ages! Her favorite word is “joy” and she loves to help others seek and find it in their own lives. After going through a difficult season, Lori desires that others find hope and peace in trials and hardships. She is grateful that God is allowing her to pursue her passion of coaching women to live a life of no regret!
About Lori Burrell

Lori loves encouraging and talking to women of all ages! Her favorite word is “joy” and she loves to help others seek and find it in their own lives. After going through a difficult season, Lori desires that others find hope and peace in trials and hardships. She is grateful that God is allowing her to pursue her passion of coaching women to live a life of no regret!

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this reminder….JOY is deep within and comes from the Lord. As a society we tend to want to be happy, but this is very much based on circumstances! I want JOY!!

    • Lori Burrell says:

      Cindy,
      I definitely agree! I often say that I’m happy if I have a good hair day! 🙂
      Happiness comes from circumstances and they change all the time! But JOY, that comes from abiding with God.
      I hope you have a joy-filled day!
      Love, Lori

  2. Cindy Roers says:

    JOY is my favorite word, also. One day I was walking through the parking lot and my eyes went straight to four different vehicles with the word JOY on the license plate. I went back to work and saw 2 other vehicles with JOY on the plates. Since then it seems like I find the word JOY everyday on knick-knacks, books, etc. But it’s more like the word JOY finds me. I don’t necessarily look for it. I truly believe someone UP THERE is trying to tell me to have JOY in my life. Thank you for your blog. It’s great finding someone else who loves JOY!! 😉

    • Lori Burrell says:

      Cindy,
      Thank you SO much for pointing out this fact- joy is certainly everywhere, even on license plates! I can’t wait to start searching plates in parking lots “looking for joy”!
      I, too, am thrilled to find another “joy”-loving woman! Keep me posted on all your joy-finds! 🙂
      Love, Lori

  3. Joy definitely comes in knowing Him and serving others. Everything else falls into place according to His plan for us. There are so many promises in His Word that remind us that joy comes! It’s active and living.

    • Lori Burrell says:

      Kim,
      Thank you for leaving a comment.
      I love how you say “that joy comes”… we always have that hope even in very difficult times! His Word and promises are true- thanks for the reminder…

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