The Fruit of the Spirit 03
1. "The fruit of the Spirit" consists of 9 characteristics listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
2. "Joy," the second of these special characteristics, is an important part of Christianity.
a. We have reason to rejoice when we become Christians (Acts 8:35-39).
b. We are to continue to rejoice after we become Christians.
I. THE BIBLE TEACHES CHRISTIANS TO BE FILLED WITH JOY
A. Some passages that stress this principle are Philippians 3:1; 4:4; and 1 Thessalonians 5:16.
1. The joy under consideration is an inner gladness of heart that is only experienced by those who are
"in the Lord."
2. Those who are in the Lord are to rejoice "always" and "evermore," even during times of sorrow
(2 Corinthians 6:10a).
B. Christians are to rejoice while undergoing trials (Matthew 5:10-12; James 1:2).
1. This type of joy was demonstrated by:
a. the apostles (Acts 5:40-41)
b. Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25)
c. Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).
2. The key to having this type of joy is "rejoicing in hope" (Romans 12:12).
II. THE BIBLE ALSO TEACHES CHRISTIANS HOW TO BE FILLED WITH JOY
A. We must put away "the works of the flesh" (Galatians 5:19-21).
1. The pleasure associated with sin only lasts "for a season" (Hebrews 11:25).
2. David showed how sin robs one of joy (Psalm 51:1-4, 8, 12).
B. We must practice the Lord's teachings (John 15:10-11).
C. Some important instructions relating to joy are given in Philippians 4:4-9.
1. We must:
a. practice "moderation" [forbearance] (vs.5)
b. not be "careful" [anxious, filled with worry] (vs.6)
c. think on the right things (vs.8; Proverbs 23:7a).
2. Following these instructions will enable us to enjoy the blessings mentioned in vs.7, 9.
1. To bear the fruit of the Spirit we must sow correctly (Galatians 6:7-8).
2. We will reap what we have sown.