“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22)

Joy is a powerful word. Even the word ‘joy’ makes me smile! But, what does ‘joy’ really mean and what, exactly, are we called to do in Galatians? We all understand that we need to be joyful and serendipitous in our days but, I believe that less of you (and I) truly understand what real, raw, joy looks like.  In the following paragraphs, I will explain some types of joy and what they could look like in our lives.
Positive Outlook // 

The first form (my favorite, but the one I struggle with the most) is the constant “bright side”, “glass half full” view on life. This joy is the feeling you get once you embark on a task that is dreadful but you find God’s hand in your work. This could be the team member that cheers you one whenever you are losing or the colleague that always has a smile on their face.

Challenge: Focus on finding the beauty in all things.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Received Joy //  

Webster dictionary defines joy as, “success in doing, finding, or getting something”. If that’s a correct definition, (which it is :)) then Christians should be joyful every second! We were given the ultimate gift, grace through the death of Christ Jesus and Eternal life with our true father! What other gift or reward is better? None surpass or even come close to the gift we have received! But, how is the received joy expressed in our days? Showing the same love and grace we have received to all who surround us.

Challenge: Go out of your way to share love and grace to your family members and peers.

Powerful Joy //
Powerful joy is strength. Powerful joy is considered our secret weapon (shh, don’t tell :)) The Lord has given us the power to be so influenced by joy that unbelievers turn to Christ for the reason behind our constant happiness.
Challenge: Find the unbelievers in your life and make sure you share joy with them this week.
What other ways do you share joy?
XOXO, The Christian Prepster

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