Scripture on Joy
John 17: 13 –But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.
James 1:17 –Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Zephaniah 3:7 –The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Hebrews 12:1-2 –Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Quotes on the Joy
–a summary written on the Martin Lloyd-Jones site: ” Our joy comes, not from philosophy, but from Christ. The fight for joy is, therefore, a fight to exalt Christ. Christ is supreme, and true religion points to Him. As Christ remains the center, heresy is eradicated and joy is restored.”
“I was delivered from the burden that had so heavily suppressed me. The spirit of mourning was taken from me, and I knew what it was to truly rejoice in God my Savior.” –George Whitefield
You see, the joy of the Christian is a holy joy, the happiness of the Christian is a serious happiness…. it is a solemn joy, it is a holy joy, it is a serious happiness; so that, though he is grave and sober-minded and serious, he is never cold and prohibitive.” ― David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” –C.S. Lewis
“The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.” –A.W. Pink
“Those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.” –D.A. Carson
“A soul may be in as thriving a state when thirsting, seeking and mourning after the Lord as when actually rejoicing in Him; as much in earnest when fighting in the valley as when singing upon the mount.” –John Newton
“There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.” –Augustine
“All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” –C.S. Lewis
“If the life of Christ is flowing through us, the water from the Rock turning the wheel, as it flows into the heart, it will fill us with joy; and if so, we cannot contain it, it must flow out.” G.V. Wigram
“The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. ‘If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,’ Jesus said, ‘he will find his true self.’ –Elizabeth Elliot
” When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to overflow, you may be quite sure that it has ceased to be full. The only full heart is the overflowing heart.” –-Charles Spurgeon
“Oh, what great happiness and bliss, what exaltation it is to address oneself to the Eternal Father. Always, without fail, value this joy which has been accorded to you by God’s infinite grace.” –-John of Kronstadt