Summary: This is the second sermon in this series on the Fruit Of The Spirit.
Fruit of The Spirit – Joy
Choosing to Rejoice!
Today we continue our series on the fruit of the Spirit. Let us go ahead and read our text:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 (NASB)
Everyone wants to be happy. If you ask people what their number one ambition in life is, most people will say, “I just want to be happy.” Just recently I watched a show on PBS about happiness. The truth is you can find happy people all over the world – but you can find unhappy people too. All of us have various ideas of what will make us happy. Most of think that if we always have good days – we will be happy. But can you be happy even on the bad days? But what makes a bad day? Here are some ideas:
IT IS A BAD DAY WHEN…
Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.
It costs more to fill up your car than it did to buy it.
You take your income tax refund to the bank to deposit it and it bounces.
The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.
It may be easy to be happy when everything is going your way. But what about the rest of life? Are you happy only when everything is going your way? If so, you are going to be unhappy for much of your life.
We know that one of the fruit of Spirit is joy – because Paul just told that: “The fruit of the Spirit is…joy.” Paul also reminds that we should:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
Phil. 4:4 (NASB)
Happiness depends on happenings. It comes from the root word has, which means “circumstances”. “I am happy today because things just happened to turn out right.” But I may not be happy tomorrow because things may not be so good.
Joy is different though. It goes deeper. Joy is an attitude – it is a choice. Joy is an inside job and is not dependent on circumstances. It is your choice to rejoice. You can choose – regardless of the circumstances – to be joyful.
Joy is what makes life – enjoyable.
We Should Have Joy Because…..
1. God Has A Purpose For Our LIVES
We can rejoice because God has a purpose for our lives. In fact He has a purpose for every situation in our lives. The good stuff as well as the bad stuff.
Romans chapter eight verse twenty-eight says:
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28 (NASB)
Have I told you that God is in the life change business? That is what He does. He takes a life and changes it.
That is why the Bible also says in Romans 5:3:
“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, (brings) hope.” Rom 5:3-4 (NASB)
Whatever happens in your life is there for your good – even the bad stuff.
The Greek word translated “sufferings” here means “distress,” and it refers to anything that puts us under pressure. It is variously translated “trails,” “troubles,” “pressures,” or “problems.”