This has been a great series to kick off this devotional site, but it’s the end of my birthday month and that means the end of this series on the gifts God gives to everyone in HIS family. We’ve only scratched the surface, but my prayer is that each of you will choose to unwrap all the wonderful gifts waiting for you. So without further ado, here’s part II on JOY. 

 

Unwrapping The Gift’s-GOD’S JOY (Part II)

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

My last devotion ended with this verse, so it seemed fitting to start with it. Look at the characteristics listed in that verse. Do you have them or not? In fact, we all have them but they may not be flourishing depending on where you are in your spiritual journey.

The Bible often uses gardening and planting to illustrate a point. And the fruits of the spirit are no exception. As believers, we all have the seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithful planted inside us. But it’s up to us to nurture those seeds if we want them to blossom.

Here’s a quick and easy to remember formula that will bring more joy in your life. If you want more JOY in your life, then focus first on Jesus, then on Others, and finally on Yourself.

Focus on Jesus. Jesus said the first and most important commandment is to love God with all your heart and mind. It’s not enough to say that you do, you must show that love to God. One of the ways to do that is to spend time praising and worshiping God and I don’t just mean in church on Sunday. From the beginning, Jesus was meant to bring joy to those of us on earth.

Luke 2:10

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Focus on others. Jesus talked of love again and again. He wanted His followers to show God’s love to others. Loving others is not a suggestion, but a command.

Luke 6:31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

John 13:34

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Focus on yourself. Yes, we are to focus on first on Jesus, then on others but don’t think that we are not to focus on ourselves. God doesn’t want us to be selfish or self-centered but He does want us to enjoy our life.

We shouldn’t put ourselves first all the time but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t put ourselves first sometimes. We need to take care of our own emotional, physical, and spiritual needs as well as others.

We, as Christians, are ambassadors for Jesus. Nonbelievers are always watching us. If we don’t show joy, then why would non-believers want what we have? Our lives are always a witness, either for or against God. What choice will you make?

SHARING TIME: Tell us about a time when focusing on others brought more joy to your life.

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