"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."
The second fruit is joy. As a Christian, it's so important to be joyful. Imagine an unjoyful person. Most of us know at least one person like that. No one wants to be like that at all! It's discouraging and unpleasant to be around someone like that. That should not be, though. Ultimately, we are representatives of Christ and we should really try to always portray Him like He really is- a joyful, loving King.
Alot of people don't understand what true joy is. They confuse joy with and happiness which are really two different things. Merriam-Webster describes happiness as prosperity and good fortune. That means that if we're not prosperous and have lots of money, we're not happy. Happiness depends on material things. It's all an "if I could have" or "if I had" feeling. Happiness is not only dependent, but it's also inconsistent. You may have it today, but not tomorrow. As soon as tribulation comes, there goes your happiness with it. It's a rollercoaster feeling that comes and goes. That unstableness is not good for you personally or the lives of your family members who are living alongside you. You will be known as a moody person for they'll never know how you'll wake up feeling. It's unpleasant and unkind to make your family go through that with you.
Joy is a completely different matter. Merriam-Webster defines joy as rejoicing, pleasure, and delight. Joy doesn't depend on feelings. The joy of the Lord is consistent. Look at Paul and Silas in Acts chapter 16. Because they had just healed a girl, the authorities decided to put them both in prison. They were beaten. They were flogged. They were mistreated. They were treated like lowly criminals and then thrown into prison. Their feet were tied down and they had guards surrounding them and watching them closely. This is where Paul and Silas' joy comes in: they were singing hymns and praying! Despite the fact that they were hated, persecuted, and beaten to make them stop, nothing could stop them from praising and speaking about their God. That's joy! They were in the midst of what I'd call a major tribulation, but their joy did not cease. I'm sure they weren't happy at the moment, but they sure were joyful! That is joy lived out!
Joy should be visible in your life. It shows in your face. I know people whom I can honestly say, "Oh, she's a joyful person". It doesn't mean she's perfect or has everything she wants or is always happy, but I can tell you she is a joyful girl. I want to be known as a joyful person. I want to be able to go through difficult trials in life and still be a joyful person. I believe that as Christians and like I said earlier, representatives of Christ, we should all want that joy and strive to attain it. The only way to attain it is by filling ourselves with Christ. When we read, memorize, and know His Word, it'll comfort us during difficult times and therefore produce joy in the Lord. :)
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.
Do you see yourself as a joyful person?
Do you think there are areas in your life where you believe you're joyful, but in reality, you're just happy?
In what ways can you become a more joyful person?
I can't wait to read your thoughts! :)