What are the four weeks of advent how are they like the fruit of the Spirit?

What js advent? Joy, 3rd candle and one part within fruit of the Spirit

What js advent? This month we’ve been discovering more about advent and the terms of each week. This is the third week. In addition, this week’s candle represents joy. The traditions of the advent wreath and the lighting of candles is an old tradition that many still celebrate. Because each week symbolizes a term that is also a part of the fruit of the Spirit, Little Pot (a fruit-bearing vessel created by the potter) is spending the next few weeks sharing about each one.

You can read about the first week and the candle of hope here. The second candle stands for faith. You can read about it here.

What js Advent

Advent is a term that comes from the Latin word adventus, which means coming. The dictionary defines advent as “the coming of a notable person or event.” Originally advent was thought by Christians to anticipate Christ’s second coming, not the first when he was born on Christmas.

The history behind the 4 weeks of advent

The advent wreath and advent season being a pre-Christmas celebration, started in the 1800s in Germany. Likewise, immigrants from Germany brought the tradition to America in the 20th century. It traditionally contains four candles. Three are purple, and one is pink.

Advent four candles meaning

Knowing what js advent can be challenging. There are a few different descriptions of the four candles and what each stands for. Some list them as hope, peace, joy, then love. Another listed hope, peace, and then love before joy. Likewise, a third description of the candles was hope, faith, joy, then peace. Each word references a part of the Christmas story. In addition, these same words are included in the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, since Little Pot is a fruit-bearing vessel like us, we will examine these words about the advent season. Each week we will discuss a different candle.

The third candle – JOY

what js advent? the third candle stands for joy.
The third advent candle stands for joy, and joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit.

This week is the 3rd week of the advent season. In a traditional advent wreath, a pink candle is lit. Since all the other candles in the wreath are purple, it is special that this week is pink. This candle stands for joy. The Sunday that begins this week is known as the Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means to rejoice. Similarly, the third Sunday in Lent, known as the Laetare Sunday, stands for joy.

During the Laetare Sunday of Lent, the pope is known to give pink roses and wear a pink robe. Therefore, the color of joy is pink and is represented as a pink candle in the advent wreath.

Joy is also listed within the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit. The joy that comes to us from the Spirit is not dependent on our circumstances. It is an inward joy that exists amongst our trials. I Peter 1:3-9 describes our trials as pale compared to knowing the glory that awaits us in heaven.

What is joy?

Likewise, joy in the original greek means cheerfulness, calm, and delight. In addition, James 1:2 tells us to consider facing our trials with pure joy. This joy is Kath-ar-os which means clean and clear. Therefore, these verses tell us that we are to have a clear cheerfulness and a calm delight when we face trials. That type of joy is something that comes from the holy Spirit.

The Christmas story is full of great trials. For example, Mary traveled to Bethlehem, left her family, and gave birth in a barn. Likewise, Joseph faced trials when he found out Mary was pregnant before he married her. Then, having to travel with her. to Bethlehem to register for their taxes. In addition, being told there was no room for them in the inn. Regardless of these harsh circumstances, Mary ponders things in her heart. She maintained joy because she focused on the purpose of the child she carried.

As Christmas approaches, the season will bring trials our way too. However, these trials should remind us of the joy within the fruit of the Spirit.

Prayer for Advent Wreath

Dear Lord,

You are joy! Thank you. for coming to earth and saving people from their sins. Coming to earth as a baby on that first Christmas was difficult for Mary or Joseph. However, Mary and Joseph must have anticipated the advent of your first coming with great joy.

Because you came and died for our sins, you now promise to come and live inside each of us. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit and growing hope, faith, joy, peace, and love through me. I believe in you and anticipate the advent of your daily presence in my life.

I also know that you promise to come again. The joy I have knowing that you will return and reign forever. I anticipate the advent of your second coming, too. Continue to grow your joy through me in every trial I face.

Amen

What js advent and the fruit of the Spirit

The story of The Little Pot is about a potter growing fruit through the vessel he made. Likewise, our creator wants to grow the fruit of His Spirit through us. Therefore, producing love, joy, peace, faith, and hope is all a part of understanding the 4 weeks of advent. (Galatians 5:22-23).

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