Wednesday, August 29, 2012
IT HAS BEEN SAID THE CHRISTIANS ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOOD REASON TO LIVE JOYFULLY. AFTER ALL, AS CHRISTIANS WE POSSESS FAITH PLANTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT; WE RELY ON GOD'S FORGIVENESS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; AND WE'RE ASSURED OF GOD'S GOODWILL AND MERCY TOWARD US NOW AND FOREVER.
THROUGH LIFE'S SET-BACKS, ILLS, AND CHALLENGES MAY CAUSE US TEMPORARY UNHAPPINESS, THE HOLY SPIRIT REMINDS OF GOD'S CONSTANT CARE AND EVER-RESENT LOVE. THIS IS WHERE TRUE JOY COMES FROM--THE KIND OF HEART-CENTERED JOY IN CHRIST THAT TRIALS AND TROUBLES CANNOT TAKE AWAY.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FATHER, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE. Galatians 5:22-23.
In life, God never promised we would not have trials and tribulations to deal with, but we know as Christians that He will be with us throughout. If God brings us to it, He will take us through it. We have God's assurance that He will never leave or forsake us.