“Joy can be hard. It’s not the same thing as happiness,” – Stephen Colbert

Happiness is defined as a state of well-being and contentment based on good fortune.

Joy is defined as a vivid emotion of pleasure.

Too often today, we use similar words interchangeably, leading to words becoming redefined by society. The first fruit of the spirit, love, has been so overused, we even say we love inanimate objects like food or gadgets like our cell phones.

So too has joy been overused. People generally mean they experience happiness when they say they’ve experienced joy. Happiness is when something happens to make you feel good. Joy is a state of being more than contented in any situation.

Joy comes from God, period. There is no joy without him. There is happiness, even extended happiness, but no joy.

God wants you to experience joy. He wants you to read His words, His promises, and find His joy.

“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:10-11

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