Galatians 5:22-24 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

The Greek work for “joy” is chara, derived from the word charis, which is the Greek word for grace. This implies that chara (joy) is produced by the charis (grace) of God. This makes it different form happiness. Happiness is based on circumstantial pleasure, merriment, hilarity, exuberance, excitement, or something that causes one to feel hopeful or be in high spirits. These fleeting emotions of happiness, although very pleasurable at the moment, usually go just as quickly as they came.  All it takes is a piece of bad news, a harsh word from a spouse, or a bill larger than was anticipated – and that emotion of happiness can disappear right before the person’s eyes. But joy is unaffected by outward circumstances. In fact, it usually thrives best when times are tough! It is God’s supernatural response to the devil’s attack.

This means ‘joy’ isn’t human-based happiness that comes and goes. Rather true ‘joy’ is divine in origin, fruit of the Spirit that is manifested particularly in hard times.

The best the lost world has to offer is a temporary happiness. But when the seed of God has been placed inside your human spirit, that divine seed produces a ‘joy’ that isn’t based on outward events or circumstances. In fact, when times get very challenging, the supernatural life of God rises up inside you to defy that devilish pressure! This supernatural ‘joy’ will sustain you in even the hardest of times.

For further Study

1 Thessalonians 1:6

Personal declaration for the day

I am dominated by joy of the Lord.

Questions for you to reflect on

Can you think of a time in your life when you should have been very upset about something, but a supernatural joy came rising up out of your spirit that sustained you during that hard time?