Sunday Meditation – The Joy of the Spirit

“The joy of the Spirit is real fruit: solid, substantial, refreshing, and nourishing. He comforts, revives, strengthens, and establishes the soul. Long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, etc., are all the fruits of the Spirit, and they are nowhere to be found but in the believer’s heart. Though he takes away all your outward comforts, and makes you as poor and as afflicted as Job, yet being within you, he can bring you effectual peace and comfort. Let him make the cross ever so heavy, empty you from vessel to vessel, cause you to be destitute, afflicted, and tormented; still the Holy Spirit, being within you, can fill your hearts with joy unspeakable and full of glory. ‘Peace I leave with you’, said Christ. The world cannot give peace and joy without removing the cross and the affliction. Christ gives peace in the midst of trouble. The Spirit within us causes us to glory in tribulation, to rejoice under the cross, and to triumph even in death. This is a blessing, which we are sure, God never did or never will deny to any one that asks it of him. ‘Ask and you shall receive’ is his gracious declaration. O seek earnestly, and plead this promise, and you are sure to succeed! God will amply supply the want of all these things, and your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy no man, no devil, can take from you.”

Thomas Charles

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