What does the Bible say about joy?
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scoring it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
The Christian life involves hard work.It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God. To run with endurance, and struggle with sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We’ll stumble and may fall if we look back at out circumstances surrounding us. To do this we must run for Christ, always keeping him in our sight.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith perseverance.” James 1:2-3NIV
James didn’t say IF he said WHENEVER you face trials. The point he’s making is not to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook if you will, and what it can produce in our lives, such as perserverance and endurance.
Whats the difference between happiness and joy?
Jack Wellman(04-22-2014, Pathos) tells us there is a difference between joy and happiness. The Bible never promises happiness to the believer. He go’s on to say Happiness is temporary based on happenings. While joy is from the Lord and can be experienced during trials, suffering, and tests. So, joy is permanent, happiness is fleeting.
” Though you have not seen him, you Love him; and though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” Peter 1:8-9.NIV
Biblical joy comes from our knowledge and understanding of the purpose of life, and the hope of living with God for eternity (Psalm 16:11). Joy is a sign that life has found it’s purpose(John 6:44). Joy comes from God, not of the world.
Biblestudytools.com, referrs to Psalm 126 as The Secret of Joy. Psalm 126:2 shows us that not only laughter and God go together, but God and Joy too (Psalm 126:2-6). This Psalm was written to help us discover Joy.