Have you ever met someone who is like way too joyful? You know, the person who literally always has a smile on their face? The person who is always upbeat and never has a bad day? Sometimes those people are too much to handle. However, that person most likely is full of joy, not just happiness.
You see, there is a vast difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is an emotion based upon circumstances. If everything is going great in your life, you’ll be happy (most likely). Yet, once you hear bad news about your job, health, or family then that happiness departs. However, joy is not rooted in anything in this world, but in our eternal relationship with God. If you have joy and you hear bad news, you might be sad, but you’re still joyful because you know that God is working behind the scenes.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 – Rejoice evermore.