“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
The title does not speak of joy in Jesus. That is, although I can rejoice in Christ, and I should, I am speaking of something much more deep and personal. I am speaking of the joy OF Jesus; I mean to say Jesus’ joy. The joy Jesus experiences is the joy of which I am speaking. If joy is a gift of God then we need His joy. Remember our Biblical definition of joy: “a delight in life that runs deeper than pain or pleasure. From a Biblical perspective it is not limited by nor tied solely to external circumstances. Joy is a gift of God, and like all of His other inner gifts it can be experienced even in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances.”
“…it can be experienced even in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances.” Such as?
Happiness is dependent upon our circumstances. Joy is dependent upon our character.