Advent: Joy

Happiness appears to be an ever-elusive ideal. Just when we think we know what we want and finally get it, we want something else. We often say happiness is fleeting but joy is everlasting. The Bible doesn’t make that clear distinction. Joy is a godly response to our circumstances and happiness is the emotion we feel. Most of us try to find something that makes us feel happy or feel better, instead of thinking about how we should respond to what is happening around us the way God wants us to.

Happiness appears to be an ever-elusive ideal. Just when we think we know what we want and finally get it, we want something else. We often say happiness is fleeting but joy is everlasting. The Bible doesn’t make that clear distinction. Joy is a godly response to our circumstances and happiness is the emotion we feel. Most of us try to find something that makes us feel happy or feel better, instead of thinking about how we should respond to what is happening around us the way God wants us to.

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