Joy lives on the inside. Happiness comes from the outside.
God’s joy lives independently. It is self sustaining and sustains. Joy creates…It creates hope. Determination. Peace.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD IS your strength.”
The joy of the LORD “IS” implies that joy is established…just like God Himself. This is because it is a Fruit of His Spirit and an aspect of His character. Joy has power.
Joy protects the peace inside your heart.
Happiness is symbiotic, depending on the temporary condition that created it.
They both live and die together.
Happiness depends on something to happen. Notice this…
John 13:17 (KJV)
17 If ye know these things, happy are…
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