Friday, July 24, 2020

Real Joy for You

Christ is the real joy for all who trust in Him. The Spirit of Christ lives in you as a believer. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit within you."The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace"(Galatians 5:22).

Real joy for you does not mean there will not be times of sorrow and sadness. However, your joy is not controlled by outward circumstances. Through it all, your joy is knowing that Christ is with you in every circumstance.

Real joy in Christ is obvious through fellowship with other believers. The Christian life was never meant to live alone. We are members of the same body, that is the church, the body of Christ. There is joy when we gather together with God's wonderful people.

When believers sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit. That may result in a temporary loss of joy. God has provided a way to restore our joy."If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"(1 John 1:9).

When you know the Lord, "you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). It's inexpressible, because it's better than words can describe. It's full of glory, because it's the presence of God in you. That's real joy for you.