“Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” Really? Joy? Did someone or something steal your joy?
Joy is more than happiness, which is fleeting and temporary. Happiness depends on what’s happening to you, but true Christian joy transcends your circumstances. Joy is a gift from God, a fruit of the Holy Spirit, a choice you make every day, and the result of true repentance. One more. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Kay Warren defines joy as “the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”