Full Joy

Psalm 126, Isaiah 12:1–6

Around Christmas, joy is used a lot. Many Christmas songs use the word, a lot. What is joy? Without defining it, we leave it to the world to define it for us, which is dangerous, for the world misses so much without . For us, we need to look at joy as a deep-seated emotion that provides assurance, resolve, positive outlook, and is life-giving through building up of self and and is based upon the and nature of —Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Is this an all-encompassing understanding of joy? Probably not. In fact, joy is often used, even in Scripture, to mean something different. This is why it is so important to set our expectations for joy and what we are actually looking for when we seek joy.

True joy is fully dependent upon our with . A person who touches on the joy of (such as having children) gets a taste, but it is not the full expression of joy. In many respects, we will not fully understand joy in this life. Even the most devout believer still only gets a taste of joy on this side of things. So, imagine the person who doesn’t have that depth with . The “taste” they get is even less than the taste experienced by believers. It makes sense that joy is often confused in the world.

  1. Why should we put such a strong point of being integral to joy?
  2. If you were to the definition of joy given about, what would you add, remove, or ?
  3. Why is it important to look for joy?

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