Happiness vs. Joy

When depression hits, happiness wanes, or circumstances induce pain, is it still possible to have joy? Through the fading of life, the sorrow of death, or a sudden traumatic change, can joy truly be present?

Recently, I was brought through a situation that was riddled with sudden loss. Where I would normally find joy, I only felt despair. My heart was drenched with pain— yet something unexpected happened. While my soul was wrapped in sorrow, my spirit was suddenly filled with complete joy.

This was truly a miracle, a Jesus miracle, for He is the only one who can bring true joy within the depths of pain and melancholy. It reminded me that happiness is circumstantial, while JOY is different. Joy is a state of being that can remain consistent in Christ. This painful circumstance helped me realize that if I set my eyes on Jesus, who is …

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