A Feeling Of Great Happiness

W. Terry Varner
April 9, 2017

One of the many fruit of the Spirit is JOY. Of all people living on Earth, the Christian ought to and is expected to exemplify JOY.

Joy and happiness are first cousins. Sometimes we engage in theoretical wrestling matches about the qualities of ioy and the temporary nature of happiness. Perhaps the debate is best settled with acknowledging that a Christian—truly committed to the Savior—is happy with an abiding joy in their life in Jesus.

Personally, my life is deeply blessed as a Christian. I can say that I am normally a person that is happy and joyful. As I look at life in general and in all aspects, 1 realize that there is room for improvement. I would believe that anyone could say that. I can say the same about the most important part of my life, that is living the Christian life. There is always room for growth in the fruit of the Spirit of Galatians 5:22-23.

With the birth of Jesus, the angel said: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10, emp. added). This is quite an endorsement from heaven on the projected success of Jesus in the life of “all people”; i.e. all who obey and live for Him will be filled with joy. Of course at baptisms we often sing, “O Happy Day” as an expression of joy for the one obeying Jesus.

Through the Ages Men Have Spoken of the Quality of Joy. Some of their thoughts are as follows:

  • “Joy is the serious business of Heaven”—C. S. Lewis.
  • “When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame”—Augustine of Hippo.
  • “The Lord gives His people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to Him”—D. L. Moody.

Recognize the Beauty of Holiness. Robert Louise Stevenson said, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” Happy people are able to derive Joy from everyday experiences of life. Adjustments to life s sudden twists and turns does not depend upon synthetic devices and status symbols. The Christian’s does not come from kicks and thrills resulting from worldly pleasures which disappear with using. Pomp and circumstances neither make nor mar the Christian’s inner peace and joy when we realize what we have in Jesus. Is there joy and peace in a field, fountain, mountain, meadow, sunshine, or shade? Of course!

Trust in God’s Providence. One of the great things that a Christian has that is conducive to true happiness is our absolute trust in God’s providence. “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to His promise” (Rom. 8:28). We must manifest the confidence in God that Paul manifested when he stated: “For I Know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). This text and others suggests that happy people have their roots in a deep and abiding faith. When times are difficult, they see Jesus “standing on the right-hand of God” (Acts 7:56). “A man’s happiness—to do the things proper to man” (Marcus Aurelius). All spiritual blessings flow from being in Jesus (Eph. 1:3).