At our house fellowship we are studying the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and last week we were focusing on the fruit of JOY. Joy can mean many things to different people; to some it may be the beauty of a snow-capped mountain, to another it may be the achievement of a long-held ambition, and to another it may be the wonder of a new born baby. But what is the joy given to us through having the Holy Spirit in our lives?
After the death of Jesus, the disciples were hiding in an upper room in Jerusalem when Jesus suddenly appeared to them. Luke records that they were startled and frightened, troubled and doubting. He showed them the nail marks in his hands and feet and then opened their minds so that they could understand the scriptures, reminding them of God’s promises that Christ would suffer and rise from the dead (Luke 24: 44-49). He spoke to them of repentance and forgiveness and the promise that God would send them His Holy Spirit, to clothe them with power from on high. In hearing the promises of God, the disciples’ fear turned to boldness, their confusion to conviction, and their troubled spirits to joy!
This week we celebrated (on Thursday 09/05/2019) the life of Mary Fellows. I always loved to meet Mary, as she shone Jesus through her smiling face, her loveliness and her love of life. She was not a public speaker, but everything about her bore witness to her faith. She displayed the fruit of the Spirit in the joy that she always so freely expressed. I thank God for having known Mary, and I thank God that she is now with her Lord, still smiling, still lovely, and still loving life in eternity.
Psalm 16 v11 (NIV): "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."