When you know Jesus Christ, you experience a joy that is inexpressible to the world. It is the true joy of God. Joy comes through knowing God.
When you meet trials of various kinds, keep your eyes on Jesus. He endured the cross, scorning death and sin. The testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Allow perseverance to grow so that your joy may be complete through God.
The sinner who repents and finds God finds joy that is inexpressible and is filled with the glory of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is with God's children. The brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus know that all joy comes from God.
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In today's Bible study, we will dive into God's kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and love. Let God's word sink into your heart and bring joy into your life:
Bible Verses on Joy
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
10. James 1:2 KJV
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
11. Isaiah 12:6 KJV
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
13. Psalms 33:21 KJV
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
14. Psalms 97:11 KJV
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
16. 1 Peter 1:8 KJV
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
18. Isaiah 9:3 KJV
Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
22. Matthew 2:10 KJV
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
23. Ezra 6:22 KJV
And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the Lord had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
For ye are our glory and joy.
26. 2 John 1:12 KJV
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
28. Psalms 94:19 KJV
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
29. Psalms 100:1 KJV
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
32. Psalms 32:11 KJV
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
34. Psalms 37:4 KJV
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
35. John 15:11 KJV
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
36. Romans 14:17 KJV
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
37. Psalms 30:11 KJV
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
39. 1 Peter 4:13 KJV
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
43. Luke 15:10 KJV
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
44. Psalms 51:8 KJV
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
45. Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
46. Psalms 19:8 KJV
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
47. Psalms 16:11 KJV
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
48. Acts 2:28 KJV
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.
50. Psalms 51:12 KJV
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
53. Psalms 126:5 KJV
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
54. Romans 12:12 KJV
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
55. Psalms 21:6 KJV
For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
56. Psalms 28:7 KJV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
57. Psalms 27:6 KJV
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
58. Isaiah 55:12 KJV
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
59. Romans 15:13 KJV
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
60. Romans 12:15 KJV
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
61. Psalms 4:7 KJV
Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
62. John 17:13 KJV
And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
63. Psalms 70:4 KJV
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
65. Psalms 47:1 KJV
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
66. Isaiah 12:3 KJV
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
68. Psalms 30:5 KJV
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
69. Psalms 126:6 KJV
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
70. Psalms 71:23 KJV
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
71. Esther 8:17 KJV
And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
73. Isaiah 61:10 KJV
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
74. Romans 5:11 KJV
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
76. John 16:22 KJV
And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
77. John 16:24 KJV
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
80. Isaiah 35:10 KJV
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
81. 1 Kings 1:40 KJV
And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.
82. Luke 10:17 KJV
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
83. Acts 13:52 KJV
And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
86. 3 John 1:4 KJV
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
87. Romans 15:32 KJV
That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
89. John 16:33 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
90. Philemon 1:7 KJV
For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
91. Luke 15:7 KJV
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
92. James 1:2-3 KJV
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
93. Psalms 16:9 KJV
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.