But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)

Joy is the second attribute of the fruit of the Spirit.

Jesus once said that observing someone's actions in everyday situations can reveal their value system (Matthew 7:17–20). A good tree bears good fruit. Because the Lord desires that you bear much good fruit, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in you so that through His power you can produce the fruit of the Spirit, one of which is joy.

Chara is the Greek word for joy. It is about having a deep and delightful sense of happiness that is independent of external circumstances and dependent on God, who is sovereign over all situations. The Book of Acts contains numerous examples of joy. Despite a series of persecutions and imprisonments, the apostles and early Christians were overjoyed that God thought them worthy to suffer shame and disgrace for the name of Jesus (Acts 5:40).

All of your life's circumstances and challenges are in Christ.

His finished work on the cross has the power to reconcile every irreconcilable chapter of your life so that you are set free from being a victim of life to become a victor in Christ. This is why, even while imprisoned, the Apostle Paul could encourage the Philippians with these words: "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, rejoice." (Philippians 4:4) In the midst of trials and suffering, you can have such joy in the Lord because God has the ability and power to work everything out for your good.

Happiness is fleeting, but joy is something you can carry with you—when your gaze is fixed on God, no matter how difficult life may be. Allow the Spirit to tune your weary heart with His perfect grace, and you will find incredible joy today.