Written by Luci Counago

Joy in English means a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

What is the spiritual meaning of joy?

Spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness. The Holy Bible says, ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’.

We can find fullness of joy only in God.

The Bible verses about joy can help believers who may be going through a difficult season as a reminder of the peaceful happiness through faith in God.

Joy is rooted in who God is. It is not base on circumstances. We can get a Christmas gift we were dreaming for it can give us a temporary happiness we can jump shout then after a couple of days we don’t feel the same happiness. However, the Joy which God give us in permanent it will always be there, even when we cry it remains in our hearts. Because it is not related with worldly possessions, or achievements.

God encourages us in his word to rejoice in the blessings of our lives and give glory to God in all things.

Romans 15:13 ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope’.

A thankful heart can obtain the true joy. We should not forget anything God has done for us. God gave his only begotten son to save us and restore our relationship with God.

Matthew 1:21-23 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel- which means, God with us.

Yes, Christmas we celebrate Jesus birthday. The best present we can do to him is acknowledge him as Lord and saviour repent of our sins and give him a place in our hearts, and get the eternal life with him.

Luci Counago is a Minister in Training at Harlington Baptist Church

This post is part of an advent series. Twenty-Four diverse voices have been invited to share some thoughts on one of four themes (Hope, Peace, Joy and Love) each day during the season of Advent. Each contributor has been given just one theme and no further parameters – they may write as much or as little in the style of their own choosing.

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