Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Joy as “A feeling, source or cause of great happiness.” As Christians, we know exactly the source of our joy: Jesus! Our joy comes from listening to him & abiding in his love. Here is some of what the word says about joy:
In John 15:10-12, Jesus says, “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 so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” If we obey and live in his love, he will fill us with joy.
In Isaiah 9:3 joy is listed as a precious commodity, when Isaiah praises God saying, “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy…”
Joy is used in descriptions as the fullest extent of excitement or pleasure. When the wisemen saw the star in the sky, Matthew 2:10 says “they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” They had joy because of their hope in the Lord; because “hope does not disappoint” Romans 5:5.
In 1 Peter 1:7-9 Peter speaks of the proof of our faith being more precious than gold, resulting in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus; and though we have not seen him, we love and believe in him, greatly rejoicing with inexpressible joy.
In Psalm 30:5, though weeping may last through the night, joy comes with the morning,” putting a graceful end to sorrow.
At times, in this world, we may experience our feelings of joy being swept away, stolen by our enemy, but Nehemiah 8:9-11 is a great reminder that “The joy of the Lord is [our] strength.” And “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. What a beautiful thing it is to know that if we simply obey, we will abide in the love of a savior who longs to bring us his joy.