Joy means to have a feeling of extreme gladness or cheerfulness. It is a flow not controlled by the happenstance or circumstance happening around someone but a function of a deep-rooted flow of the spirit. It springs up from the inside while happiness comes by the existence of things that happen around at a particular time. A person who is joyous is happy and can express that through dancing, praising, shouting and all other forms, but a happy person may not be a joyous person. This is because their happiness is propelled by things around them but a joyful person is always glad whether or not the things he/she desires come to pass or not. They remain positive and glad. A joyful person remains positive even in the midst of challenges. He/she does not go around to curse out to God or make utterances that question their belief and trust in God.
Isaiah 61:3 “…. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;”
So, you see, God expects us to be joyful even when we are faced with difficult situations because worry and anxiety have never been a solution or an answer to problems or the issues of life. Whenever a child of God is joyous, it confuses the devil and leaves him dumbfounded.
Joy is majorly one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). It is like an emblem and a trademark for a child of God. The standards of life do not control a child, because He that is above is above all. The things that trouble others even though they trouble a child of God but he/she surmounts those challenges because of his/her trust in the Lord. For when men are cast down, the child of God says there is a lifting up.
Being joyous is a fruit of the spirit and it relaxes the nerves and that saturates the soul and causes serenity of mind, spirit, soul and body.
People who are joyous hardly die of heart attacks and heart diseases. Remain ever joyful.