Why are you not joyful, my friend? Is joy not spilling out of your heart? If not, you need to change something from within. Guess what there is a secret of joy — it doesn’t come from possessions, people, or circumstances, it comes from the Lord! How do you obtain this joy? Read on below and enjoy these beautiful scriptures on joy and happiness.
How to Obtain Joy
The second fruit of the Spirit is joy. The strong relationship we have with the Lord will naturally exude joy. Christ promises in the Gospel of John that we will see fruit, answered prayer, love, and joy as a result of abiding in Him.
Are you abiding in Him?
What does it mean to abide in Him? In order for us to be fruitful Christians, we must learn to depend fully on Christ, allowing the power and Spirit of the Lord to flow directly through us. The results are powerful and transformative in our lives if we daily connect with the Lord.
Are you reading the Bible?
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What is a Good Bible Verse for Joy?
Here’s a favorite and perfectly short Bible verse about joy that will give you goosebumps – These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11.
What Does Jesus Say about Joy?
In the Gospel of John, as we talked about a good scripture verse on joy, let’s dissect what that means since Jesus did say it. Jesus essentially tells his disciples that he wants them to experience the fullness of joy in our earthly life.
In other parts of the Bible, Jesus spoke about the connection between obedience and joy. If we truly love Jesus and seek His guidance, we will naturally want to follow and obey Him. For example, in John 14:15, he said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
This also ties in with the good Bible Verse for Joy we just mentioned. In John 15:10-11, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
Plus, in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), Jesus spoke about the many blessings we will gain for those who are meek, merciful, and pure in heart, among other qualities, and promised that they would be filled with joy.
Did you also know, or remember, that Jesus also spoke about the joy of repentance, saying that there is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7).
Overall, Jesus emphasized the importance of joy as a fundamental aspect of the Christian life and encouraged his followers to pursue it through obedience to God’s commands and a relationship with him.
What Verse Talks about a Joyful Heart?
Proverbs are well known for wise and quip sayings. Solomon was the wisest of all time, and what he says will make a difference in our lives. Here is Proverbs 17:22 it says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
In other words, when a man or woman is upset or gloomy, he or she causes their entire body to become lifeless and useless like a huge pile of old, dried-up bones. Yet, when joy overwhelms the heart of a human being, it refreshing to the entire body, soul, and spirit. Plus, it’s contagious and spreads quickly throughout any connections you encounter throughout the day.
What Do Proverbs Say about Joy?
1. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. – Isaiah 35:10
Believers will come to the promised Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, and there will be joy and no sorrow or sadness. This is a beautiful image of how the saved people of God will live in true peace, joy, and harmony in the blessed millennial kingdom as the Messiah finally rules.
Isn’t this a wonderful promise! We will live with Jesus in peace, joy, and harmony when Jesus returns after He gathers His followers during the rapture.
2. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Psalm 16:11
Jesus is the first to overcome death and has trodden down the path of life. His promise to us is because He lives, we, as believers or followers in Christ, will live forever and always be present with Him, filled with joy.
Don’t let life get you down, my friend. Find ways to obtain that joy by living for Him, trusting in His promises, and not fearing man.
3. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11
A very popular joy Bible Verse, as everyone wants to be happy in this lifetime. This is another fruit of the spirit that we can attain if we trust in Him and in His Word. If we do remain faithful, our joy tank will always be full despite any of our gloomy circumstances.
4. Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. – Isaiah 51:11
Just as God delivered His people out of Egypt, He will redeem believers in any nation that has been dispersed. They will gather again in the Holy Land. Everlasting joy (simecath) means to rejoice with one’s heart and soul. There is no reason for His people to be afraid of any man. We should only fear the Lord. He will take action and we will reap the benefits of joy.
5. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
This is a wonderful verse when stress, impatience, anger, or any negative emotion hovers over you. If you rejoice when this happens, joy will follow.
6. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. – Romans 14:17
The kingdom of God is all about righteousness, not eating meat. What is righteousness? The definition is perfect uprightness in our daily walk. Peace is the perfect attribute with God and the consistent attempt to be a peacemaker of the brethren. Joy is defined as the perfect union and deep love through the Holy Spirit.
We may have the liberty to pursue our own interests, yet, if we lead by example for a weaker one, we are pleasing the Lord. If your sister is stumbling on something, refrain from it. For example, getting a tattoo, multiple ear piercings, and wearing trendy clothing, might be a stumbling block for new Christians. Ask God to help you not be a stumbling block for other Christians struggling in certain areas.
7. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. – Proverbs 15:13
If you have joy in your heart, it brightens your countenance. The inner condition of a woman is revealed in her outward appearance. If we have sadness or feel solemn, the spirit of a woman is torn or broken. We are not effective in our spiritual walk with the Lord and in our daily living habits. If we can change our hearts to be joyful, our daily course of action reveals the presence of the Holy Spirit.
What are your daily habits? Do you take time to Read the Word, Pray, Praise, and Commune with God? If so, your spirit will be in tune with the Lord, and you too will have a merry heart.
8. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. – Psalm 30:5
Crying is common for the restless heart, yet, when we lay our burdens at the feet of Jesus, joy comes in the morning to relieve us, even the heaviest of hearts. Are you struggling with a huge burden? If so, pray to the Lord, knowing that He will take care of it in His season of time.
9. And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. – Acts 13:52
Despite rejection and persecution during the Acts of the Apostles, they were encouraged, not discouraged, by the Holy Ghost. Many times we feel dejected when we witness to someone what Jesus has done in our lives. Yet, if we are filled with the Spirit, we will keep moving forward joyfully.
10. And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. – Psalm 35:9
In David’s words, he is thankful for God rescuing him and now wants to honor the Lord. His entire anatomy is filled with gratitude and gratefulness.
Has God done something for you that amazing your entire being? I know He has for me — I marvel at His grace and mercy. Praise Him now for what He’s done for you!
11. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12
The preceding verses (Isaiah 55:8-11) remind us that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. We cannot comprehend His knowledge. The Word of God accomplishes His purposes, not ours. Those who believe and receive HIs message shall experience great joy and peace. You will become a fruitful tree, not a thorn or brier. Be a fruit-filled tree, women! You will experience awesome feelings of joy and peace through Jesus Christ.
12. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. – Romans 15:13
Do you feel hopeless at times? If so, you must put on the entire armor of God each morning as you trust in His promises, His Word. Saturate yourself with Bible Verses and keep praying that He will deliver you from a hopeless state of mind. You WILL abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit!