Joy and Happiness are not the same no matter what anyone tells you. The bible shows us there is a clear difference.
Here are just a few pointers to give a simple explanation:
- Joy is based on God, happiness is based on you.
- Joy is something you can only receive from God. Why do you think it’s listed as one of the fruits of the spirit and not happiness?
- Happiness is based on an external condition. That’s why the antonym for happiness is sadness. If something happens that is negative it can make you sad instead of happy.
- Joy causes you to think and look forward for what’s to come. Happiness often reflects on what was or is.
Even in the midst of chaos and turmoil you can experience joy! Let me explain…My mother passed away at 57 years old in 2014. I still managed to have joy in the midst of that situation for only one reason….God! I was so full of joy knowing that my mother got saved a week before she passed and she was now a kingdom citizen! You see I don’t have to live wondering where her soul will spend eternity! That in itself is a blessing! I thank God she received salvation every day!
Joy you can experience everyday while happiness you can only experience when something good happens. Which would you rather have? Something that’s temporary or something that is for eternity? Think about it and have a blessed Thursday!
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