Joy

“Joy” (cara chara) is the deep gladness of heart. It is not happiness! It is the feeling of deep delight that transcends circumstances that
allows the believer to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). Just before Calvary our Lord observed the Passover with His disciples and told them, “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). Joy is a gift from God—Father, Son and Spirit.

For to the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and accumulating in order to give to the one who is pleasing in God’s sight. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

You became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with the joy from the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

Joy is one of the majestic attributes of God’s nature and He gives it to the believer. Joy is not like a sparkling stream rushing along, but like a deep lake. Though the wind tosses waves back and forth on the surface of the lake, deep down it is calm and still. That is the supernatural nature of joy. Jesus experienced joy as He looked forward to His own death (Hebrews 12:2). The Thessalonians, in spite of severe persecution, welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

In one sense, joy is a byproduct of peace; we do not experience joy without peace.

For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

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