Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a "happy Christian." Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays "that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves."—Oswald Chambers
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