Paul sat in chains in a dark dank prison and wrote of JOY in Philippians! How could he do that? While he probably was NOT happy…He was clearly JOYFUL! Happiness is a fleeting experience because it depends on what is happening to us in the physical world. JOY is the fulfilled heart that comes from our communion with the Lord through His Holy Spirit. Joy is from God and lasts forever, no matter what we are going through. We have an amazing God!
This is why Christianity began with only 12 disciples and has grown to over 2 billion! The JOY of the Lord is very real, and very comforting in a twisted world. HUGS!!