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Chapter 22 -- The Love Joy Connection

I guess it is actually pretty obvious: there is a connection between joy and love. Just look at people who are in love…They are pretty happy.
Okay, perhaps I am no Sherlock Holmes for stating the absolutely obvious. George Orwell said, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” In other words, when it’s a nice pretty day, why do we need to say so? Because it’s good to say what we know to be true and sometimes it makes us appreciate it all the more! And honestly, sometimes we miss the absolutely obvious!
Ponder the opposite. Without a loving heart, there is very little joy. When Paul listed the fruit of the Spirit, he actually listed only one fruit: love. The other eight are subcategories of that fruit of love, and he begins with joy.
But Paul is not the only one who points out the absolutely obvious. Jesus spoke in John 15:8, “By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you: abide…