Randy Alcorn's Blog: joy

Is Joy Unemotional, and Is It More Spiritual Than Happiness?

By Randy Alcorn | July 20, 2016
I googled “define joy,” and the first result was this dictionary definition: “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” This definition harmonizes with other dictionaries and ordinary conversations, yet it contradicts countless Christian books and sermons. The church’s misguided distinction between joy and happiness has twisted the words.

Seeking More Joy in Your Giving

By Randy Alcorn | June 17, 2016
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). This doesn’t mean we should give only when we’re feeling cheerful. The cheerfulness often comes during and after the act of obedience, not before it.

Why Are Christians Bitter and Unhappy?

By Randy Alcorn | May 25, 2016
Unfortunately, the world’s characterization of unhappy believers is too often correct. I see too many long-faced Christians who seem continuously angry, disillusioned, and defensive over politics and the infringement of their rights.

Exploring the Happiness of Jesus

By Randy Alcorn | March 23, 2016
My wife led a women’s Bible study group in discussing a lesson she’d written about the happiness of Jesus. One woman who’d grown up as a churchgoer was startled. She shared how horrified she’d once been to see a picture of Jesus smiling. Why? Because she believed it was blasphemous to make Jesus appear happy!

God’s Plan for Us Includes Happiness in Him

By Randy Alcorn | February 3, 2016
Consider Isaiah 52:7, which says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness.” Paul clearly refers to Isaiah 52:7 in Romans 10:15 as he references the gospel, demonstrating this “good news of happiness” is in fact nothing else but the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.

What Will My Happiness Look Like in Heaven?

By Randy Alcorn | January 4, 2016
I think joy in eternity will be the same sort of thing we know as joy and happiness and delight right now. But it will be purified and absolute in the sense that, as Paul says, right now we are “sorrowful yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).

Christian Joy and Feasting

By Randy Alcorn | December 28, 2015
What if we as believers were known as the people of celebration and gladness, and the church as the place of feasting?

The Two Sworn Enemies of Our Joy

By Randy Alcorn | December 14, 2015
William Whitaker, who was a Puritan and a Cambridge University professor in the 16th century, spoke of “sinning away that happiness wherein we were created.” And that is a very graphic picture not only of what Adam and Eve did, but also what we who are conceived as sinners and have a sin nature do