JOY: A feeling or state of great delight or happiness, pleasure, elation. To feel joyful, glad, rejoicing.
Joy must have its foundation in the Word of God along with Love; this is our base in Christ.
We realize where Joy comes from. It is in realizing that our sins are forgiven by the Blood of Jesus on the cross.
The word “joy” or “joyful” appears in scripture many times.
HAPPINESS: A state of being happy. Of good fortune, pleasure, contentment, of having Joy.
The word “happy” appears in scripture less times than Joy. It is safe to say that you can’t have Joy without happiness… it is part of Joy’s essence – deposited in the transient – where joy itself is all-consuming, everlasting, and eternal.
The joy of the Lord is our Strength, and if we have the joy of the Lord in our hearts, happy will be our every fleeting circumstance. We will have happiness as well as joy and, in His Presence, we have Peace.
If people see Peace, Joy, and Happiness in our every-day life, they should also see Christ and perhaps even want us to share His Joy with them. The life we live should be the ministry of us all to the world around us.
Peace and Joy starts on our knees; happiness is the gift God gives us to help us through the things trying to come upon us to steal our Joy.
Copyright © 4-15-2009 by Jack R. Palmer. All Rights Reserved.