1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NLT2) [Paul to the Church in Thessalonica:] "So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord."
"I have no understanding of a long-faced Christian. If God is anything, he must be joy." --Joe E. Brown (1892-1973)
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 358.