Galatians 5 verses 22-23 say, “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.” (NHEB)
I have painted postcards with each ‘fruit’. Although it’s not 9 different fruits – it’s each part of one fruit, I have painted 9 different postcards with 9 different fruits for simplicity. These lemons, to me, represents joy.
What’s included in the price of this Joy Postcard:
- A6 sized Joy Postcard
- Hand-painted lemons – painted in watercolour on watercolour paper
- Handwritten title and Bible reference
- Lovingly wrapped in tissue paper, ready to post in a ‘do not bend’ envelope.
- 1st class postage with Royal Mail
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"Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God" - Sam Storms
I don’t want sympathy but I’m not that familiar with joy. I think that it’s common to place joy in the emotion’s category, but from my limited understanding, I’m inclined to list it as an experience. In a way, though, it seems to me to be a mixture of both and even deeper and broader than either of those labels.
In Galatians 5 joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit along with love, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The way I’ve come to understand the fruit of the Spirit is that it’s like segments of an orange – it’s all the same fruit but with different parts.
The fruit of the Spirit is given to us as free gifts, but from my perspective, it’s a living seed that grows steadily to full fruit when we’re transformed in glory to the full likeness of Jesus.
I think that because I’ve been looking for joy in happiness, and not found it, I’d questioned whether I’ve ever felt or experienced joy. When I look for it with the perspective that joy is not happiness I’ve noticed it more. It seems to be more like gentle contentment rather than a loud cackle of laughter.
Like agape (unconditional love), it’s consistent and life-giving rather than transitory – or at least that’s the ideal!
There are more obvious occasions of joy, such as looking upon the face of ones spouse when walking down the aisle, but, I think, the real and fruitful blessing is finding joy in everything. That’s a tough call! No more tough though, I suppose, than finding peace in the storm or being kind to someone who doesn’t like us. Along with the rest of the fruit of the Spirit, joy isn’t easy, but it's a git for us to nurture and, through discipleship, learn to allow the Spirit to grow in us.
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