Updated: Jan 15, 2020
How do you begin a message on joy? I think the best place to start is with the question, "What is joy not?" When we're talking about joy…when the Bible talks about joy…when we sing about joy…joy to the world…we're not talking about an emotion. Joy isn't an emotion, something that rises or falls depending on our situation or circumstances. Joy isn't an emotion.
Here's a picture of what joy isn't:
That's guy's definitely not joyful. If you're a Grinch you are not joyful.
But be careful not to assume that joy simply means you have to turn that frown upside down. You know the type. Always on…over-hyped happiness. Like this guy: