Bixia Huang
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Happiness and Joy

Is there a difference between happiness and joy?  I learnt that happiness is what we experience when we have something that we like, eg, if I were to suddenly be given a free shopping voucher of $500, or if I am treated to a lovely dinner in a fine-dining restaurant, etc . For guys perhaps if they can drive a sports car, afford some branded sports shoes and tog. So, happiness ( or sadness) is experienced because of external and material happenings, and because of people around us.                    

Joy is something that is experienced within our being. It is like the inner peace or security which is not  affected very much by external events and material possessions.  So, if I am feeling joy, it may be sedate ( that is, I may not burst out grinning and jumping all the time) but  I am able to remain positive and cheerful despite adverse conditions. I once heard this explanation: think of the ocean, at the surface, there are always waves, and of different heights, depending on wind force. This is where happiness is experienced, waves generated because of external factors. But at the ocean floor, it is always much more calm and less turbulence in the water. So Joy is the condition near the deep ocean floor, an inner calm, less affected by external forces.     

For me, my own experience is that this joy is given by God as we learn to trust Him more and also to believe in the eternal hope He has promised.  After I began my life as a believer, someone did pray that I would have the joy of God as my strength. How blessed I am! 

Isaiah 26:3  

You will keep in perfect peace

                    him whose mind is steadfast,

                    because he trusts in you.

以 賽 亞 書 26:3    堅 心 倚 賴 你 的 , 你 必 保 守 他 十 分

平 安 , 因 為 他 倚 靠 你 。

John 15:11    Ihave told you this so that

my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

約 翰 福 音 15:11  這 些 事 我 已 經 對 你 們 說 了 , 是 要 叫 我 的

喜 樂 存 在 你 們 心 裡 , 並 叫 你 們 的 喜 樂 可 以 滿 足 。


pray for all my readers that  the joy of the LORD may be your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10  

你 們 不 要 憂 愁 , 因 靠 耶 和 華 而 得 的 喜 樂 是 你 們 的 力 量 。尼 希 米 記 8:10     



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Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 所 以 , 你 們 若 真 與 基 督

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