When you read these verses about joy you may ask 1 main question, how?
By the Time you get to end I hope you will have the answer to that question and I will grow & develop a deeper joy, when joy seems like the very last thing we could possibly have when we lose a loved one or when in deep painful times life seems to dishes out to us.
If the suffering is because we are being persecuted for our beliefs that is even more admirable but you’ll notice regardless of the reasons, if we are suffering consequences or going thru undue, unmerited troubles & struggles for any reason we can have joy & should seek for it it is one of the characteristics of God, His Spirit in us so we must be filled.
I know 1thing, if we allow His Spirit to take us over then surprisingly we’ll notice joy regardless of a normal joyless situation .
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
2nd verse, this even gives a “because” a why we can have joy…
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 NIV
3rd verse sometime when we look at others & see them doing well it is a real blessing-
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4 NIV
Joy is a fundamental part of the Christian faith. And your joy grows through encountering God and meditating on His Word. The following verses, when memorized, or better yet, internalized, can help to increase the joy in your life! Let your life be transformed by the Holy Spirit, memorizing scripture never hurts but we can also post verses around us, our night stand, bathroom, car, bed, office …where ever you are bound in bed or spend time.
(I gathered this info. From http://www.memlok.com/wp/
Join me in reading Joy:
Be encouraged with this
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Psalm 126:5 NIV
Remember you may not always smile but as burdens are lifted many times we’ll find that peace & joy can be seen in us.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13 NIV
His word can bring comfort & joy.
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15:16 NIV
You may recall the disciples experience with being able to cast our Spirit but Jesus reminds them
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:20 NIV
That is our 6th verse.
I’ve notice so will try to steal our joy but Jesus gives it.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NIV
There is a time to mourn but also a time to be joyful. ECCL. 3 REMINDS US THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING.
This verse specifically just touchs/focuses on mourning & rejoicing
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Romans 12:15 NIV
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV
As we overcome tragedies & joyless times it allows others to see that with Christ we gain the ultimate victory.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NIV
Always? Yes, because our joy is in Jesus not on our present circumstances.
That takes us back to the top-
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
My joy is only found in HIM and as long as I remember that & you claim it for you we will truly beam for HIM.