“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.
Happiness is characterized by well being and contentment. It is external and can in fact be enjoyed by the ungodly.
Joy, on the other hand, is internal. It is the source or cause of our delight. Joy is the fruit of the Spirit and can only be enjoyed by the born again Believer. The world, no matter how much is spent on seminars and motivational clinics, do not and cannot have joy. Religious centers teaching and preaching happiness by means self will and self effort are directing Believers away from Scripture and to the methods of man for that which can only come from the Lord.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
Hear me friends, the joy which you seek only comes from the Lord. “…Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
-Donna Clark Warren