Bible Verses About Joy

What is the Joy of the Lord?

The joy of the Lord manifests as spiritual peace and gladness in Christ, knowing that whatever we face in our natural lives, God is our source of strength and happiness. His word proclaims that “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

What Does the Joy of the Lord Mean?

Pastor Rick Warren provides his own perfect definition: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

Bible Verses About Joy

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10 New International Version (NIV)

Complete Joy

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24 New International Version (NIV)

Rejoice Always

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

Joy Comes in the Morning

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 New International Version (NIV)

Joy in Sorrow

sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:10 New International Version (NIV)

Joy in a Sinner’s Repentance

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke  15:7 New International Version (NIV)

Joy in Communication

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

2 John 1:12 New International Version (NIV)

Unspeakable Joy

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

Joy Amidst Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2-3 New International Version (NIV)

Joy in the Harvest

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 126:5 New International Version (NIV)

Joy Quotes

“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”Joseph Campbell

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”Chuck Palahniuk

“The soul’s joy lies in doing.”Percy Bysshe Shelley

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”Carlos Santana

“Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.”Mahatma Gandhi

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