Over at Faith Barista the question was asked…
Is joy easy or hard for you?
First, to really understand how I would answer this question, I have to take a good look at what joy is.
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary describes joy as:
a) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: delight: the expression or exhibition of such emotion: gaiety
b) a state of happiness or felicity: bliss
c) a source or cause of delight
Joy is hard if that’s the way the secular world looks at it! But the Bible talks about joy differently in many, many Scriptures. One of those is:
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. ~Romans 5:1-3
You see joy comes from faith. It cannot be obtained by circumstance. Joy is also, always there even during hard times.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23
According to God, joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It is one of those fruits that should be in our lives even during the hard times. We are to have joy always.
So, back to the question…is joy easy or hard for me…to be honest, it’s hard; or maybe it’s feeling joy that is hard. Because I have Christ in my life, joy is part of me because the Holy Spirit dwells in me. But feeling that joy, believing that it’s there…that’s the hard part.
I have spent years dealing with bitterness toward certain circumstances/people. I was bitter at things that happened, bitter the fact that my life and the dreams I had for it were gone. I lost sight of my joy; misplaced it, if you will. I am working my way out of that place now and I am slowly seeing that joy does “come in the morning” as the Scriptures said. I can’t wait until I can find that joy again completely!