The Lord, Your Chara
The Lord’s JOY, is the very fruit of the Spirit that will define one’s Christian life. When the joy of the Lord is evident, seen in the believer’s testimony, HIS Spirit will be revealing with whom he is in fellowship. The Lord’s “chara” will describe him in divine, delightful gladness of heart - EXPRESSED. It’s the Lord’s joy, now his, filling his heart and leading him to share that delight of rejoicing with other believers in the fellowship. R. A. Torrey made a profound, eye opener of a statement: “I don’t trust the theology of anyone who does not have a merry heart.” Only the Lord can give man the joy of the Lord and “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) in individual lives as well as in the life of the church. The wisest man, excluding the Lord himself said, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” (Proverbs 15:13). That same “merry heart hath a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:5) and “doeth good like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Therefore, the fellowship of joy-filled believers then can be a merry feast seen with effects of Dr. Joy’s prescription when taken. Oh, dear child of God, make it so, decide it so, with the filling of the Spirit being SO; being SO joy-filled, SO you can enjoy the Lord’s CHARA in fellowship.
Make it a joy-filled fellowship on your part by being filled with the Spirit of God: “The fruit of the Spirit is … JOY” (Galatians 5:22). Oh, listen to the words of the Lord who desires to give you HIS FRUIT OF JOY: “I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). There it is: the believer does not produce the fruit of joy on his own; it’s all a matter of abiding (remaining in fellowship) with the Lord. Then, “what a fellowship, what a joy divine” when we are “Leaning on The Everlasting Arms” (Anthony Showalter and Elisha Hoffman, 1887). Yes, what a fellowship, a healthy one at that, all because of the Lord and HIS CHARA. Here is Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s take on joy’s health benefit in the fellowship: “There is a marvelous medicinal power in joy. Most medicines are distasteful; but, HIS, which is the best of all medicines, is sweet to the taste and comforting to the heart. This blessed joy is very contagious. One dolorous spirit brings a plague into the house; one person wretched seems to stop the birds from singing wherever he goes; but, the grace of joy is contagious. Holy joy will oil the wheels of your life’s machinery; holy joy will strengthen you for daily labor; holy joy will beautify you and give you an influence over the life of others.” It’s all about the LORD, and HIS CHARA IN YOU AND FROM YOU. Your countenance will then be a press conference giving the state of the union of God with your soul. “For the kingdom of God is … JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST” (Romans 14:17).