Joy is referred to not once, but 422 times in the Bible. A simple word, it packs a powerful fruit of the Spirit punch.
Joy begins with fellowship in Christ — loving Him and His presence.
The seeds of joy are Holy Spirit planted, rooted, and find life when we spend time in intimate prayer and worship of God. When His Word is rooted in our lives and our hearts find completion in Him alone, joy flourishes. Simply, when God is bigger than the largest mountain in our lives, joy blossoms.
Need some joy today? Take your Bible, ponder His scriptures on joy and spend time in His presence praying. Fall in love with Christ anew today and allow the joy of the Lord to become your strength.
Following are some favorite verses on joy.
Matthew 5:12 Be joyful and triumphant, because your reward is great in the Heavens
Luke 15:10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.”
Acts 13:52 The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit
Romans 14:17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,
1 Thessalonians 5:16 Be always joyful.
Hebrews 1:9 You have been a lover of righteousness and a hater of evil; and so God, your God, has put the oil of joy on your head more than on the heads of those who are with you
1 Peter 1:8 whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah, in prayer before the Lord, said, My heart is glad in the Lord, my horn is lifted up in the Lord: my mouth is open wide over my haters; because my joy is in your salvation
1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens have joy and let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, The Lord is King.
1 Chronicles 16:27 Honour and glory are before him: strength and joy are in his holy place.
Psalms 4:7 Lord, you have put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and their wine are increased.
Psalms 5:11 But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice, Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them. Let them also who love your name be joyful in you.
Psalms 32:11 Be glad in Yahweh, and rejoice, you righteous! Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart!
Psalms 33:21 For in him our hearts have joy; in his holy name is our hope.
Psalms 35:9 My soul shall be joyful in Yahweh. It shall rejoice in his salvation.
Psalms 40:16 Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May the Lord be great
Psalms 59:16 But I will make songs of your power; yes, I will give cries of joy for your mercy in the morning; because you have been my strength and my high tower in the day of my trouble.
Psalms 68:3 But let the upright be glad; let them have delight before God; let them be full of joy.
Psalms 70:4 Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May God be great.
Psalms 71:23 My lips shall shout for joy! My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!
Psalms 75:9 But I will ever be full of joy, making songs of praise to the God of Jacob.
Psalms 89:16 In your name will they have joy all the day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up.
Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!
Psalms 100:2 Give worship to the Lord with joy; come before him with a song.
Psalms 100:4 Come into his doors with joy, and into his house with praise; give him honour, blessing his name.
Psalms 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.
Psalms 119:111 I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
Psalms 119:162 I have joy in thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Zephaniah 3:17 Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.
Kellie Renfroe co-founded Mentoring Moments in 2005 with two friends. Happily married for 24 years to Greg, together they have four children ranging in age from 8 to 19. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading, studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook. Visit her new blog, Citizen Mama, follow on Facebook, and Twitter @kellierenfroe.
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