Joy! It’s a wonderful word, and it’s something that Christians should always have. But is it merely happiness, or something deeper? This collection of quotes shares some wisdom from Christians past and present about the true meaning of joy.
Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.
For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.
When our lives are filled with peace, faith and joy, people will want to know what we have.
I was delivered from the burden that had so heavily suppressed me. The spirit of mourning was taken from me, and I knew what it was to truly rejoice in God my Savior.
Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience. We need to be light-hearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride.
To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely unsought, and we “being in the way,” the angel of God, bright-haired joy, is sure to meet us.
Joy is strength.
The only lasting and fully satisfying joys for any man lie on the other side of a cross.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.
The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.
Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross.
It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.
Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Happiness is untested delight. Joy is delight tested.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
After reading these words about joy, my prayer is that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord, and will take that joy to share with the world around you.