Happy Or Joyful
Are you happy or joyful? Or both? Do you know the difference?
Happiness depends upon the external circumstances of our lives. It depends upon what happens to us. Hap, happen and happenstance are related words. Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and comes from within us when we are filled with Him.Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .
Happy individuals may or may not be strong, but individuals with the joy of the Lord are strong.Nehemiah 8:10b: . . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Joy happens to Christians when they pray according to God*s will and receive the answers.
John 16:24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.1 John 5:14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
The circumstances of our lives that cause happiness quickly change and cause us sorrow, but hearing Jesus, obeying Him and abiding in His love cause full joy that remains in us.
John 15:10-11: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father*s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Two big differences between happiness and joy are that joy remains in us and is full. In addition to joy being the fruit of the Spirit, notice that it is called the joy of the Lord and Jesus calls it my joy. Then it is also called ours. It comes from all three members of the Godhead. Notice too that the causes of that kind of joy are the same for us as they are for Jesus, keeping the Father*s Commandments and abiding in the Father*s love. Jesus commandments and the Father*s commandments are the same and when Christians obey them they are abiding in the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes the Lord permits Satan to meddle in the lives of believers so the happiness goes away. That happened to Job. And sometimes God arranges what happens in the lives of believers so that they can be both joyful and happy. That happened to Job too. If you are a believer, you can expect both things to happen to you too.1 Peter 4:12-13: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ*s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.