What is it? It is a command from God. It is commanded over and over in the entire Bible. Joy is different from happiness. Joy is deep in our being. Happiness is the frontal cortex reacting to something fun. Paul says in 1 Thess. 5:16 ‘Be Joyful Always.’ The Greek word for joy is ‘inner gladness.’ God commands us to have ‘inner gladness’ in all circumstances. It is the foundational knowledge that God is in control and we have inner peace.
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