Have you had your Joy Juice today? Each part of you can enjoy the fruit of joy.
According to Priscilla Shirer in her book Discerning the Voice of God, she writes:
“’You’ includes three parts. Your spirit allows contact with the spiritual realm. Your soul allows you access to your emotions and mind. Your body relates with the physical realm through the five senses. As you yield to and obey the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life, He conforms your soul to the image of Christ and uses your body as the instrument to carry out His purpose.”
Let’s think about this in the context of JOY in the LORD! Remember the passage in Galatians 5:22-23 that talks the fruit of the Spirit. When our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit, we have access to the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. That’s the “spirit” part. Our soul allows us to emote and enjoy the feelings that come with the fruit of the spirit….one of which, of course is JOY. Then our body gets involved and we can physically display that “fruit”, as well as share it with others by serving.
A spirit of joy + a soul of joy + a body of joy = God’s purpose….which is to glorify Him!
May we each strive to be transformed into joyful spirits, souls and bodies who will spread the joy of the Lord everywhere we go.