On June 30, 2012 Wayne Hart discussed some passages about joy in the Scriptures. Many of these passages describe a joy that is contrary to normal human expectations. Here is a brief overview:
Joy What gives us joy? Calm days after days of strong winds. Sunshine after days of cloud and rain. Rain after days of hot dry winds. Spending time with our friends. With our families.
1 John 1:1-4 – John wrote these words describing Jesus: so that our joy might be full.
Jude 21-25 – Jude seems to saying that it will be with joy that Jesus presents us.
1 Peter 4:12-13 – It seems counter to our nature to count trials to our joy.
James 1:1-4 – Trouble in life is an oppotunity for joy.
Acts 8:5-8 – There was great joy in Samaria at good things done through Philip.
The book of Luke describes Joy at Jesus’ birth and joy after His resurrection.
Matt 25:21, 23 – they are told to enter into the Joy of the lord.
Neh 8:10 – The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Ezra 6:22 – The Lord had made them joyful.
Gal 6:22 – Joy is of the Spirit.
John 15:8-11 (NIV)- “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Notice that Jesus has told them that bearing fruit as Jesus’ disciples brings the Father glory, and that he has told them all of this so that His joy could be in them and so that their joy may be complete. There is a connection between bringing glory to God the Father and inner joy.
The deep, abiding joy that transcends our human frailties and carries us through the ups and downs of life is of the Lord.