. . . so what is joy?
I think all of these.
But joy dives deep into our God-created being.
Joy makes your heart beat faster, sweeps you up into dancing, and hand-clappping and jumping for joy.
Joy fashions happy tears and frames itself in hugs that say “I love you too.” It’s in the tears that come while you’re reading or watching a scene so tender it literally squeezes those tears out of your heart of hearts.
Joy walks with you into a room to pray for another’s recovery, and though hundreds of others have prayed too, when he’s made whole again, just maybe you had a little part in God’s awesome answer.
Joy is laughter within a loving family with whom you simply revel in being near.
Joy is bursting upward through the deepest of depths and finding God’s been with you through the entire scary trip.Joy is your best friend calling to sing Happy Birthday all the way through and wishing you the best year ever.
Joy is feeling better after you’ve felt so terrible.
Joy is serving communion and seeing Jesus in the eyes of those who love Him.
Joy is a long, unhurried hug from a three-year-old, her little arms around your neck and her sweet head nestled against your shoulder, that’s like no other hug, ever.Joy is knowing that you know you are beloved by your heavenly Father and are kept for everlasting life by Jesus and have a Helper, the Holy Spirit, forever.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace . . .” Galatians 3: 22
The dimensions and definitions of JOY are beyond number, but can you add a few more of your own?
I’d love for you to share them in a comment.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13