The second character virtue that emerges out of our relationship with the spirit is Joy. Joy in Greek is "chara" synonymous with happy, glad, cheerful and delight. It is important to experience joy, and this is how one can experience it - being rooted and remained in Christ. (John 15:5-11), being in Christ and bearing much fruits.
It's important to have joy because, when you know whom you have believed in, it gives you confidence to face life's circumstances.When you know why you believe and whom you believe (2Peter 1:8), it gives you satisfaction that nothing else can give. Lets now turn our attention to the Nature of Joy in the Holy Spirit.
You see Joy does not depend upon favorable circumstances (Phil 3:1, 4:4). The Lord does not always avert Christians from trials, but He is always with them in the time of trials. Joy is a character that is seen in our fellowship with another (Act 2:4, 46-47)
Here are a few quotes on Joy:
- "Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God" (Robert Schuller).
- "Joy is untouched by circumstance" (unknown).
- "Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls" (Mother Theresa).
- "Joy is the fallible sign of the presence of God" (Pierce Teilhard Chardin).