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Yesterday we began talking about the fruits of the Spirit, and as I am a bit of an OCD when it comes to these things, I figured we will go in the order they were written. Which leaves today with joy.
I always figured joy = happy. But when I looked over some definitions, I realised it's not just that. The Free Dictionary Online defines joy as An intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. I just love that.
And as much as I love that, I want that. I cannot help but think that I don't have that. Maybe some fleeting moments, but on the day to day, 24/7, I can think of many adverbs and adjectives to think of to describe my feelings. Exultant happiness is not one of them.
But now I see how joy relates to one basic principle: satisfaction in God. The more satisfaction I get from God, the bigger exultant happiness I'll be able to enjoy.