Faith Filled Family Magazine November 2016 - Page 76

WHAT IS JOY UNSPEAKABLE? BY JULIE B. COSGROVE D espite what Webster’s dictionary may say, from the Christian perspective, joy is not synonymous with being happy. Happiness is an emotion, and emptions are temporary. You may be happy when you receive good news, when a friend gives you a gift, or when that recognition for all your hard work finally happens—hopefully with an increase in pay. But happiness is fleeting, like a purple and orange sunset splashed across the horizon. Enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t count that as joy. Joy is more than a state of mind. It is the state of the soul. No matter what the external circumstances, and despite of the emotions which bubble up as a result of these events—good or bad—joy can be a constant in the Christian’s life. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 2 Corinthians 7:14 Paul definitely knew about trou-