Fruit of the Spirit - Joy

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy 

Down in my heart (where?)

 Down in my heart (where?)

 Down in my heart 

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy Down in my heart (where?)

 Down in my heart to stay!

Anyone remember this song? I learnt it as a child in Sunday School and whenever anyone talks about ‘joy’ it pops into my head. Amazing how these things stay in our minds years after we learned or experienced them!

This week in Liberty Kids we talked about… joy! In our study of the Fruits of the Spirit we are learning that we can choose joy no matter what’s going on. People of all ages struggle with what it means to have joy when life is hard. For our kids this might be struggling with school work, or making friends. For adults this might be hardship in a job, relationship, or financial difficulties.

It’s important to note that joy is not synonymous with happiness. Happiness is based on external factors, such as other people, experiences and circumstances, all of which can come and go, whereas joy is cultivated internally, when we know who we are and to whom we belong. In Acts 5:17-42 we read about the trouble Jesus’ disciples faced when they started spreading the message of Jesus. Verse 41 records what happened just after they had been flogged:

“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”

Rejoicing! They rejoiced after being flogged! They weren’t in a happy circumstance at all, but they had that joy down in their hearts that only God can give.

I pray that you know who you are and to whom you belong, and that this gives you great joy.  Joy so deep and so sure that no external circumstance can change it. If you don’t, please speak to someone about it. There is no greater joy than knowing Christ and having His Spirit within you!

Have a great week.

Anita King

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