Happy Verse Joy

From my facebook page..

Differences between happiness and biblical joy:
using the assumption of our cultural context in America.

Happiness usually is connected to what you possess. It usually has to do with what job you have, what materials you own, and anything that you have.

Joy is a fruit that comes from possessing eternal life. Joy is from an internal reality that can be disconnected from any materials you own.

Happiness changes with the scenery. It depends upon your surroundings. We feel we can only be happy in certain places and with certain people.

Joy transcends the scenery. Joy endures through all of life’s changes.

Happiness is something to gain but usually has no end goal.

Joy is something that we get now and in the future. No matter the circumstance. The goal is not to have it for a little while, it is a constant process.

Happiness is based on what you see. Joy is rooted in faith.

Just some thoughts on the two. I think Joy is awesome and I think we all know that, but I wonder if joy is really apart of my life as much as it could be.

1 Peter 1:8 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,”

2 thoughts on “Happy Verse Joy

  1. Totally disagree…Happiness is not rooted in things or people. America is a great country and if you are lucky enough to be born in America, than you are lucky enough !!! Blessings ❤

    1. I do think that being born in America is a huge blessing but its very possible to live here and be severely depressed. So, it can be misleading to think that being in this country=happiness. I am so blessed to be in this country but thinking of the Gospel and what God calls true Joy and happiness does’t always line up with just living in America and having what we have. There’s a difference.
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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