Fruit of the Spirit – Joy, Peace

Today let us focus on Joy and Peace. These two can be mutually exclusive of each other or they can co-exist.

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17, King James Version)

The Greek word for Joy is chara (Strong’s 5479). The idea of joy in English does not differ from its Greek counterpart. Both are defined as “gladness.”

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. (Luke 15:7, King James Version)

The word chara appears in the Bible over twenty (20) times. Each time it is used, it is to relate a feeling of extreme happiness, an abundance of good feelings.

Jesus uses this word to illustrate a feeling of contentment or happiness that comes when one’s prayers are answered.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24, King James Version)

Now to look at this a little bit differently, there is a church hymnal that says, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” Even in this illustration we can see that the word Joy has not changed from its roots.

We are to have Joy in the things of God and in the hearing and spreading of the Good News. Make a “joyful” noise unto the Lord.

And on to peace.  This word in Greek is eirēnē (Strong’s 1515.)   This one word covers so much.  It is the opposite of war and dissention.  It denotes tranquility, harmony among people.  Here are some phrases and their meanings:  “the way of peace” means the way of happiness (Luke 1:79) ; “son of peace” means the son of happiness (Luke 2:14 and 10:6); “The God of peace” means the author and giver of blessedness (2 Thes. 3:16).  I could go on and on.  There are so many verses in the Bible regarding peace.

We strive for peace, we fight wars in the name of peace, we hunt for it, shop for it, seek after it.  But still it alludes us.  Why?  Because we are looking, hunting, seeking in the wrong place and in the wrong way.  True peace, inner peace, comes only from having that place within us, the place that longs to be filled, the place God created in us to be filled only with Him, having that place filled to overflowing with God.  With God’s peace.  With God’s love.  With God’s joy.  Only when we stop looking around and start looking up will be find peace and happiness and harmony.

So, today as we study more about love and peace, what do you need to do?  What is our level of joy and peace?  One more thing I’d like to point out about joy is that it is completely seperate from happiness.  We can be happy but have no joy.  We can be extremely sad at the death of a loved one, but know complete joy.  Our joy and peace come down from our Father above.

Look up, fill your cup, with joy and peace, and don’t stop there.  Pass it on, spread it around.  The world will be a better place for it.

Until the final fruit, which we’ll study next, I ask you to search your heart, seek His face, and share His love.  Think about it.

Published in: on July 3, 2010 at 22:15  Leave a Comment  

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