You know that whenever God is working, whether in times of Persecution, or Planting or Preparing, a by-product of that Spiritual work is Joy in all circumstances. It is wonderful to see the Joy of the Lord in His Church! (Acts 8) Throughout the New Testament, the result of the work of God’s Spirit in the Christian’s life is Godly Joy. Paul wrote that the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, and that the first characteristic of this Spiritual Love is Joy (Gal.5:22) This Joy is found as we walk through life with Jesus Christ! And so there is this great Joy in the Bride of Christ.
Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013