An Excerpt from The Joyful Life: Enjoying the Journey of Living by Tiffany Tyndall — The Entirety of 1.3 How can we have joy?

Categorizing the joy verses was eye-opening for me.  Joy is much more than a mere feeling.  Yes, joy is something we feel, but it’s also something we express, something we grow with intention, something we reap as a result of what we sow, and it’s a result of doing certain things and being a certain way.

Joy is also something we get by going to God and by doing things God’s way.  There’s no other way to real joy.  What I attempt to do in this section is give brief commentary about the particularly poignant verses that showed up in my research.  The order I touch upon these verses follows the order of the categories, to keep things simple.


  1. If we want our joy to be “full,” we need to start asking God for what we need and want. Only he can give us what we long for.  See John 16:24.


  1. Joy is something that grows in us as we mature in the Holy Spirit. See Galatians 5:22–23.


  1. When we are loving and kind, we can give others joy. See Philemon 1:7.


  1. When we plan peace, we have joy (Proverbs 12:20). Joy is found where thanksgiving lives.  See Isaiah 51:3.


  1. Joy follows and even accompanies times of being patient and of persevering. See Psalm 30:5, 126:5; Jeremiah 31:13; John 16:20–22, 2 Corinthians 8:2; Hebrews 12:2.


  1. Goodness and generosity are partners with joy. See 2 Corinthians 7:13; 8:2.


  1. Our faith brings about joy in our life.  Being faithful and following through with things also both end in joy.  See Acts 20:24; Philippians 1:25.


  1. When we trust in God and hope in him, we have joy. See Psalm 5:11.


  1. The meek and gentle have an increase in joy. See Isaiah 29:19.


  1. Exercising self-control and living a balanced life leads to joy.  See Ecclesiastes 2:10.


  1. Wisdom and understanding guide us to joy.  See Matthew 13:44.


  1. If we want full joy, we have to receive knowledge and accept the truth about things.  See John 15:11; 17:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 1 John 1:4.


  1. Joy flows to us when we show mercy and forgiveness to others.  See Proverbs 14:10.


  1. Joy is more accessible to us when we know how to rest in and receive grace from the Lord.  See Romans 15:30, 32.


  1. We can give the spiritual leaders in our lives joy through our humility, submissiveness, and obedience.  See Hebrews 13:17.


  1. God makes us beautiful, a work of excellence, and this gives joy to everyone around us and it also leaves a legacy of joy for those to come. See Isaiah 60:15.


  1. Joy comes from God and shows up alongside of strength. See 1 Chronicles 16:27; Nehemiah 8:10.


  1. Joy accompanies the power and authority we receive from God. See Luke 10:17; Acts 13:52.


  1. We have joy because God comforts us. See Isaiah 52:9.


  1. Joy is a result of letting God help and rescue us. See Psalm 51:12; Isaiah 12:3; 35:10; 51:11.


  1. Experiencing victory and vindication from the Lord results in joy. See Psalm 27:6.


  1. God’s protection over and preservation of us both give us reason to have joy. See Psalm 5:11.


  1. Joy is found in God’s presence. See Psalm 16:11; 32:11; Acts 2:28.


  1. Praising and worshipping the Lord brings joy. See Isaiah 65:14.


  1. Praying increases our joy. See Job 33:26.


  1. God’s Word brings us joy. See Jeremiah 15:16.


  1. Living a life of righteousness and purity results in joy. See Proverbs 21:15; Ecclesiastes 2:26; 5:20.


  1. There is joy in service and sacrifice. See Philippians 2:17–18; 4:1.


  1. Spending time with others through fellowship, celebration, and reconciliation increases joy. See Ecclesiastes 9:7; 2 Timothy 1:4; 2 John 1:12.


  1. Joy is one of the results of receiving God’s favor and honor, as well as relying on his providence. See Isaiah 61:7; Hebrews 12:2.


  1. Admiring nature and God’s workmanship increases our joy. See Psalm 48:2; 65:13; Isaiah 35:2.


  1. Raising godly children and mentoring others in the ways of God brings us joy. See Proverbs 23:24; 2 Corinthians 2:3; 3 John 1:4.


  1. Our level of joy is influenced by what we put our minds on and what we think about. See Philippians 2:2; 1 John 1:4.


  1. Our perspective and attitude both have an effect on our joy. See James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:12–13.


  1. When we feel joy as simply an emotion, it might often be temporary unless our source of joy runs deeper. See Matthew 13:20–21; Luke 8:13.


  1. The things we say can bring joy to others. See Proverbs 15:23.


  1. When we live uprightly, the consequences of our choices bring us joy. See Proverbs 21:15.


  1. Tests, trials, and suffering result in joy and can be endured with joy. See 2 Corinthians 8:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Hebrews 12:2; James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:12–13.


  1. In exchange for our grief and sorrow, God gives us joy. See Isaiah 61:1, 3.


  1. We receive joy when we repent, and there is joy in heaven when even one person accepts salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ. See Luke 15:7, 10; Romans 5:11.


  1. Our joy increases when God disciplines, sanctifies, and prunes us. See 2 Corinthians 1:24.


  1. Our joy rests on the fact that we have eternal life through Jesus Christ. Our true home is in heaven, and we can look forward to our glorification when we pass from this life into the next.  See Luke 6:23; Jude 1:24.


  1. Our spiritual harvest includes that of joy. See Psalm 126:5–6.


  1. Joy is a blessing and reward from God. See Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19–20.


  1. Joy is one of the indicators that we are living a prosperous and abundant life in the Lord. See Isaiah 51:3; 61:7; Matthew 25:21, 23; 2 Corinthians 8:2.

The Joyful Life: Enjoying the Journey of Living by Tiffany Tyndall is available for purchase here.

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