Joy Is Love's Strength! (2 of 9) by Dennis Marquardt

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Joy Is Love’s Strength! (2 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Dennis Marquardt
Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 8:1-3; Hebrews 12:2-3; John 16:16-22; Acts 16:22-25,34

INTRO: Biblical ‘JOY’ is one of the most misunderstood attributes of the fruit of the Spirit! Normally when we think of the concept of ‘JOY’ we think in terms of the following:

a. laughter
b. smiling faces all aglow
c. lack of problems resulting in elated feelings
d. carefree rest
e. bubbling personality
f. fulfillment without worry
g. an emotionally high state
h. without cares.

The truth of the matter however is that ‘JOY’ in the Bible is nearly the opposite of a tranquil situation, and it may or may not have any strong emotions or feelings associated with it.

It is truly amazing how many times phrase like ‘SING FOR JOY’ or ‘SHOUT/S FOR/OF JOY’ and even ‘LEAP FOR JOY’ is used in the Bible, about 73 times in the NIV version of the Bible. JOY is an essential part of being a Spirit filled Christian, certainly where the fruit of the Spirit is at work.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that Joy is love’s strength! It blossoms during tribulation, not after it. It is NOT just an outward expression or feeling; it is an inward confidence in God’s love and goodness that gives strength to our life no matter what we are experiencing.

I. JOY’S SITUATION 1 Thess. 1:6-7; 2 Cor. 8:1-3

A. Pain! 1 Thess. 1:6-7

1. Early believers knew tremendous pain and persecution, yet they were the most joyful Christians!

a. It wasn’t just suffering that involved a tight budget; it was suffering that meant loss of life and loss of income, even loss of family and friends!

b. Notice that Paul says they welcomed the message of the Gospel ‘with the joy given by the Holy Spirit’ in spite of ‘severe suffering.’ 1 Thess. 1:6

2. How fragile our sense of joy is today, we can struggle with a heavy schedule or a bad cold, or someone gives us a hard time and before we know it we ...

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