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Dealing with joy, happiness, and pleasures
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is declared in Nehemiah 8:10.

This verse is true. We have to realize that joy is not happiness. According to an American pastor, happiness is just temporary, based upon what we are doing. The dictionary defines happiness as the pleasurable experience that springs from possessions of good or the gratification of desires and enjoyment. Joy, on the other hand, is a spiritual force. It is not based on what is happening but upon the condition of our heart.

Happiness disappears every time there is trouble, but joy is tough. It will still be there in the middle of the most miserable situations. Joy will enable us to stand rock solid until the trouble is over.

The world offers passing pleasures as Hebrews 11:25 states: “Moses chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.”

Pleasure is a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction. However, the Lord Jesus offers to give us full and lasting joy.

Pleasure is dependent on circumstances, but joy is inward and is not disturbed by one’s environment. Pleasure is always changing but joy is constant. Worldly delights are often followed by depression. True joy is grounded in Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, as stated in Hebrews 13:8.

To keep experiencing pleasure, people must run from one stimulus to another because it refuses to be permanently grasped. Joy is the opposite. It is gift we receive from God.

Pleasure is built on self-seeking, but joy is based on self-sacrifice. The more we pursue self-gratification, the more empty we feel.

If a pint of pleasure gives momentary happiness today, a gallon of excitement and thrills is necessary for the same effect tomorrow.

Joy is based on the sacrificial giving of ourselves. As we learn what it means to focus on the needs of others, we find greater fulfillment in God himself – Who meets all our needs.

Only when we seek the things of Christ can we find abiding joy. For joy that will last, always put Christ first.

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