The fruit of the Spirit is joy.
Joy in the Holy Ghost. — Unspeakable and full of glory.
Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; ... exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. — We glory in tribulations.
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; ... for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. — These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be fuIl. — As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. — The joy of the Lord is your strength.
In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. — For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Romans 14:17. 1 Peter 1:8. 2 Corinthians 6:10;7,4. Romans 5:3. Hebrews 12:2. John 15:11. 2 Corinthians 1:5. Philippians 4:4. Nehemiah 8:10. Psalm 16:11. Revelation 7:17.
Jehovah-shalom: (The Lord send peace.)
Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
Behold, a greater than Solomon is here. — Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. — My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; when it shall hail, coming down on the forest ; and the city shall be low in a low place.
He is our peace. — This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.
1 Chronicles 22:9. Matthew 12:42. Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah 32:18,19. Ephesians 2:14. Micah 5:5. Revelation 17:14. John 14:27.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. — I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. — Who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! — As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God?
If any man love God, the same is known of him. — The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. — The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. — Thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Jeremiah 33:11. Psalm 46:1. Psalm 91:2. Deuteronomy 33:29. 2 Samuel 22:31,32. 1 Corinthians 8:3. 2 Timothy 2:19. Psalm 1:6. Exodus 33:17.
I would have you without carefulness.
1 Corinthians 7:32
He careth for you. — The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. — Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them Are ye not much better than they? — Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 2 Chronicles 16:9. Psalm 34:8,10. Matthew 6:25,26. Philippians 4:6,7.
Leaning on Jesus' bosom.
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you. — They brought young children to him, that he should touch them. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. — Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. — A high Priest ... touched with with the feeling of our infirmities. — In his love and in his pity he redeemed them.
I will not leave you comfortless: (marg. orphans) I will come to you. — Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Isaiah 66:13. Mark 10:13,16. Matthew 15:32. Hebrews 4:15. Isaiah 63:9. John 14:18. Isaiah 49:15. Revelation 7:17.
Jesus Christ the righteous: the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 2:1,2
Toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.
Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. — All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins.
Exodus 25:20-22. Psalm 85:9,10. Psalm 130:3,4,7,8. Romans 3:23-25.
Neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. — Abhor that which is evil. — Abstain from all appearance of evil. — Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. — Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. — Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. — In him is no sin.
Proverbs 8:13. Romans 12:9. 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Hebrews 12:15. Psalm 66:18. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. 1 Corinthians 11:28. 2 Timothy 2:19. Hebrews 7:26. 1 John 3:5.
The serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: ... your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. — Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 11:3. Ephesians 6:10, 11, 13-17. 2 Corinthians 2:11.
Praying in the Holy Ghost.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. — We ... have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
The Spirit ... helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. — This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. — When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.
John 4:24. Ephesians 2:18. Matthew 26:39. Romans 8:26,27. 1 John 5:14. John 16:13. Ephesians 6:18.
There is a hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
A bruised reed shall he not break. — He restoreth my soul.
Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. — No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceful fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. — After all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Isaiah 42:3. Psalm 23:3. 2 Corinthians 7:10. Hebrews 12:11. Psalm 119:67. Ezra 9:13. Micah 7:8,9.
The kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.
I have loved thee with an everlasting love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. — The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. — Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.
As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
Jeremiah 31:3. 1 John 4:9,10. Galatians 4:4,5. John 1:14. 1 Timothy 3:16. Hebrews 2:14.
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. — For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
He ... spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. — Having yet ... one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! — Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Psalm 100:1,2,4. Isaiah 9:6,7. Romans 8:32. Mark 12:6. Psalm 107:21. Psalm 103:1. Luke 1:46,47.
—Daily Light on the Daily Path