10 Bible Verses to Help Us Remember to Choose Joy Everyday
Do you want to experience more joy in your day-to-day life?
The Bible encourages Christians to choose joy every day. Still, many people report finding it difficult to experience any joy in their lives at all. So how do you continue to select and experience joy on a daily basis?
Turn to the Bible. The early Christians had every reason not to feel joyful. They faced persecution from the Roman government, and the Apostle Paul wrote many of his famous epistles while in prison. Yet, they still took joy in their faith.
Below, we'll go into Bible verses that will help you take joy in yours as well. Keep reading to learn more about Bible verses on choosing joy!
1. Proverbs 10:28
The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
This proverb reminds us that when we live lives honoring God, joy becomes our reward.
It indicates that by actively choosing to walk with God, we invest in our own joy. As such, we choose joy by daily choosing God. When we wake up in the morning it should be our posture to thank God for a new day and being able to commune with Him.
2. John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
In this verse, Jesus reminds us that if we need anything, we only need to ask in His Name. Then, our joy will become complete.
So, make it an everyday habit to discuss your needs with the Lord. If you do, He will then listen to your prayers and assist you on your way to becoming more joyful. The Lord is so faithful to hear our prayers and wants to give us the desires of our hearts when we make time to delight in Him. He is the primary reason for our joy and when we find time to commune with Him our joy is restored.
3. Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Out of these Bible verses, this one contains the most direct encouragement to seek joy. In fact, it commands us to rejoice twice!
But what should happen when you don't feel like rejoicing? Think about the activities that draw you closer to the Lord. Is there an upbeat Christian song you can listen to? Do you always feel better after praying? Do these activities. Sometimes when we are complaining about all the things that are going wrong in our lives it doesn't really make us feel like rejoicing. When we start to give praise and worship to our Lord our attitude and feelings will change very quickly.
4. Psalm 32:11
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Singing does wonders for the soul, and the psalmist in this verse recognizes it. In it, we are instructed to rejoice in the Lord and sing because He has given us upright hearts.
So, if you feel it hard to choose joy, try singing your favorite song. How many times have you listened to your favorite worship song and your mood has instantly changed? Well it works so try it today. What is your favorite worship song, let me know down below?
5. Luke 1:46-55
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Mary's soliloquy, which she recites after meeting her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, demonstrates the joy of an ordinary woman chosen by God.
These Bible verses also remind us that God chooses ordinary people to carry out His will and become ambassadors of the resulting joy. It is such a amazing feeling that the Lord does use ordinary people to accomplish His plans and purposes.
6. 1 Peter 1:8-9
"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
As such, we should focus on continuing to have faith in our Lord Jesus. The joy that comes from having a relationship with Him and being able to commune with Him at any time is the definitely inexpressible.
7. Philemon 1:7
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
In this verse, Paul talks to Philemon about how much joy and encouragement their friendship has given him. It also reminds us of the joy we find in the company of other Christians.
So, if you start a day and find it difficult to choose joy, contact a Christian friend and ask to meet. Maybe discuss one of the encourage one another verses with them so you may both find joy! It also does the soul good to be able to talk to a fellow sister in Christ and receive encouragement and prayer. Don't forget that sometimes a simple phone call can really brighten up someone day.
8. Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
This verse chronicles Jesus's journey. It tells us He endured the cross all for the prospect of the joy laid out before Him.
Here, we see even Jesus had to go through hard times to achieve the joy promised to Him. So, we should not grow discouraged when life doesn't seem joyful. Instead, we need to trust what God has promised us. Sometimes we may have circumstances are just plain difficult and we don't see how it's going to change. During these times it is important that we just keep trusting that Jesus has it all figured out and knowing this we can still have joy.
9. John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Here, God promises that our grief and suffering won't last forever.
Instead, He gives us the guarantee He will return, and we will have everlasting joy. Because of this, we can look forward to the day we will have joy that lasts for all eternity and take joy in the fact that day will come. Aren't you glad that the day is coming where we will be with the King and our joy will last forever.
10. Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
In this verse, God reminds us the kingdom of heaven contains joy naturally. In it, we will experience the full joy of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, the Holy Spirit also lives in us now, and we have access to the joy of the Lord even while still on earth. It does my heart good to know that even on earth that I can experience that comes from the Holy Spirit. No matter what goes on the fact that Jesus came and dies on the cross and rose again for my sins brings me ultimate joy. I designed a t-shirt that has this reminder of the fruits of the spirit where one of the fruits is joy.
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Love this blog! It hit home with me!
Hi Tona, my favorite song is Give Me Jesus I am enjoying your blog thank you for creating it,