James Morgan on joy as a fruit of the spirit

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Love is properly placed first among the graces of the Spirit, not merely because of its supreme importance, but because it is the beginning and measure of all the graces in the soul. It is with equal propriety joy is placed immediately after it, for as soon as the love of God is shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost, a sensation of joy naturally accompanies it.

This arises out of the new views, and feelings, and prospects, which then enter into the mind. And the grace of God is very conspicuous in thus causing the spirit of joy commonly to be experienced at the beginning of the divine life; for by this means the mind is reconciled to its new course, and prepared for the trials, and temptations, and difficulties, that speedily ensue. …

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