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,”