Thought of the Day January 24, 2019 Joy is the fruit of love

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The joy that Jesus is talking about comes from the Lord. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that blossoms in our life when we are in an intimate relationship with God. Paul tells us: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.(Roms 15:13)  Falling in love with Jesus and growing in love will bring about a joy that no one can take from us. For this joy is not based on external circumstances but internal relationship.

The more we live in this relationship the more we will want to do the will of God in our life. As this brought joy to Jesus, so it will bring joy to us. The one loved desires to please the lover in response.  As St. Therese of Avila said: Love is responded to with love alone.

Joy is the fruit of love.

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