Joy is a key part of the Christian's walk. Multiple times in the Bible joy is talked about. In Psalm 32:11it says, "Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart." Who are the righteous ones and the upright in heart? Christians of course! Psalm 33:1 says that we should sing for joy to the Lord! Psalm 51:12 that salvation is a joy. Over and over again in the Psalms this is repeated that we are to sing joyfully of the Lord and of how He has blessed us. Proverbs 15:13 says "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken." Joy is even on of the fruits of the spirit (Galations 5:22). We are to share our joy with others (Phillipians 2:18). And finally, in 1 Thessalonians 1:6 Paul writes, "You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit." Joy isn't always easy, but as Christians we are called to be full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming it throughout the world!
Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.