Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
As I skimmed through bible verses to be reminded of what God has to say about being happy, I am also reminded of what the world says. While our primary focus should be on Christ, the world says it should be on ourself. Do what feels good to you. Don't worry about what other people think or how they are affected- as long as you are making yourself happy. You deserve it! I hear of and see families being torn apart because the husband or wife "just aren't happy anymore". Like that's life's goal. Well, for the world, it is. I much rather have joy and contentment. Joy is not fleeting or dependent on circumstances or feelings. Happiness is. People who are always seeking their happiness will always be seeking. Why? Happiness is contingent on our circumstances. If things are going bad, it can be pretty hard to hold onto "happy". But with joy, specifically joy in the Lord, that lasts. No matter what trial or tribulation you are going through or that will come.
True joy can only be attained through Christ. It is that overwhelming sense of comfort and contentment that floods one’s soul. It is the thing that we have when we are walking with the Holy Spirit and denying the flesh. Romans 8:13- "For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live."
Joy is a gift, only to believers. It's a fruit of the Spirit. True joy comes only when we are focused upon walking with the Lord and esteeming others. Philippians 2:3-5 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Truly, Paul's words show and remind us how to be a Christian, and what to strive for.
Joy is of God, and is powerful. Through good times and bad hope, love, and joy in Christ sustain us. "...for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10