The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy

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Written by: Ricky Spears       Recorded by: Ricky Spears

The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy

This meditation is the third of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. So often, when we hear the word joy, we think about happiness. However, joy in a Christian's life is much more than mere happiness. In this guided Christian meditation, you'll contemplate some of the New Testament passages that explain what joy is, the things the Holy Spirit uses to produce joy, and how we can apply that joy in our walk with Christ. Joy is not something we produce on our own, but rather, the fruit of the Spirit is Joy.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and then contemplated how The Fruit of the Spirit is Love. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you'll want to begin with these two meditations. I've had an incredible experience with God in my life as He has used the time I've spent meditating on these passages and asking the Holy Spirit to produce better quality fruit in my life. I'd love to hear about your own experiences in the comments. (Photo by Seth Anderson. Original on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License)

Scriptures: Matthew 13:44, 1 Peter 1:8-9, Romans 15:13, Philippians 1:4-5, 2 Corinthians 7:4, James 1:2-3, Matthew 28:4

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  1. ryan
    September 28th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Hi again, i’m an absolute beginner. Which version of the bible should i be checking out? Some of my other church friends recommend different versions of the bible. It gets a little confusing.

  2. Ricky Spears
    September 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Ryan – There are many great translations of God’s word available. You might want to visit a Christian book store, such as Lifeway (http://www.lifeway.com/) or Family Christian Stores (http://www.familychristian.com/). Tell the people there that you are a new believer looking to purchase your first Bible. They should be able to help you choose a translation that fits your relationship with God.

    Your pastor may also provide some valuable input for you. Many people find it helpful to select the translation that is used my most others in their church. If you haven’t yet joined a local fellowship of believers, you will find this to be a very valuable part of your walk with Christ.

    One of the most important things is that you read your Bible regularly, prayerfully consider what God reveals to you through His word, and then apply what you learn.

    All the meditations I produce currently include scriptures from the New International Version (NIV).