Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Focus is "JOY"

How does one ascertain or describe what 'Joy' really is all about?
Therefore, The question might be-what is 'Joy'?
When in the throes and striving to understand and/or comprehend the essence of such an inquiry..? The full, clear, upfront, and close answer might be in this wise.

Firstly, 'Joy' is an inside job; much like the indwelling of the 'fruits of the spirits'. After that being said, even though it is an inward situation; it has the proclivity of an outward manifestation of expression. Consider what happens when the 'Holy Spirit' indwells  a believer's mind, body, and spirit. The fruit become the evidence of the cultivation of the spirit that touches the character of the heart, as it is in the manifestation process. In the book of Galatians-it both reveals  and describes what that fruit look like. And as you already know the second characteristic mentioned in the biblical passage is one of 'Joy'.

The expression and manifestation of the Word 'Joy' has it's origin in the Greek. It comes from the word chara which is closely related to charis-which means 'gift or grace'. We have 'Joy' because of God Grace. As you know, God grace is not promised, it is not a reward , or an honor, nor can it be earned. God just gives it whenever and to whomever he pleases, and however he wants to dispense it.

When we are blessed with such a gift of God's grace; the next order of  natural progression is to allow our 'Joy' to become an action through our outward expression of it. Sometime 'Joy' can be so great and/overwhelming that it may be inexpressible. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to proclaim it from the highest mountain top. "May the God of hope fill you with all 'Joy' and peace-as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit "{Rom 15;13}
"We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship is with the Father and with his son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our 'Joy' complete" [1John 1:3-4}

Steve Braxton, StoryTeller, Critical Writer, Blogger, Author, "The Road That Is Difficult To Travel"
Board of Governor's-The National Association of Non-Profits and Executives {NANOE}

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