Happiness versus Joy

May 27, 2017

“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23-28)

Notice that Jesus did not tell His disciples, “…so that your happiness may be complete.”

Happiness has an expiration date. Joy is happiness on steroids. It is not something that we have to search for and it does not depend on anything from the outside world. We do not need to wait for it or hope for it. And no one can take it away from us unless we let them.

Joy resides in our hearts. The source of that joy is the love of Jesus Christ. We can access it at anytime.

We can choose joy. It is simply a matter of accepting the love of Jesus.

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