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Deceit is in the heart of those who plot mischief, But those who promote peace have joy.” PRO verbs 12:20

11/07/17 @ 2:03 p.m.

Addendum:  Joy’s distinctions…[excerpted highlights: Joy-a Quality We Acquire From God w February, 2018]

We should not confuse being joyful with simply being jovial or cheerful. To illustrate: After too many drinks, a drunkard may be in a hilarious mood. However, when he sobers up, he laughs no more, and he may return to a life full of sorrow and troubles. His momentary exuberance was not true joy.​—Prov. 14:13…”Even in laughter the heart may feel pain, and rejoicing may end in grief.”

Joy, in contrast, is a deep-seated quality of the heart. It has been defined as “the emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good.” Joy is a state of happiness or gladness that remains whether the conditions around us are pleasant or not. (1 Thess. 1:6) In fact, a person can be disturbed about something but still have joy in his heart. For example, the apostles were flogged for speaking about the Christ. Yet, they “went out from before the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name.” (Acts 5:41) Obviously, they were not rejoicing over the flogging they had received. But as servants of God, they found true joy in keeping their integrity to him.

We are not born with such joy; nor does it develop automatically. Why not? Because true joy is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit. With the help of God’s spirit, we can fully develop “the new personality,” which includes joy. (Eph. 4:24; Gal. 5:22) And when we develop joy, we are better able to cope with the stresses of life.

God of Bible (not same “god” found in fake religion(s) that promotes hatred/violence/killing; deeds robbing others of Joy, etc.)… is JOY FULL...

Jehovah intended for good things to develop on the earth, not the bad things that we see so often today. Yet, the wicked deeds of others do not rob Jehovah of joy. God’s Word states: “Strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” (1 Chron. 16:27) Furthermore, the good things that are being accomplished by his servants make “[Jehovah’s] heart rejoice.”​—Prov. 27:11.

We can imitate Jehovah by not becoming overly concerned when things do not work  out as we had expected. Rather than lose our joy, we can focus on the good things we have now and wait patiently for the better things ahead. 

We can also find many Biblical examples of humans who maintained joy in the face of trying circumstances. Abraham is one who endured life-threatening situations and difficulties caused by others. (Gen. 12:10-20; 14:8-16; 16:4, 5; 20:1-18; 21:8, 9) Despite such pressures, Abraham maintained joy in his heart. How did he do so? He had clearly in mind his hope of living in the new world under the Messiah’s rule. (Gen. 22:15-18; Heb. 11:10) Jesus said: “Abraham your father rejoiced greatly at the prospect of seeing my day.” (John 8:56) We can imitate Abraham by pondering the joys ahead.​—Rom. 8:21.

We also treasure the gift of life and our ability to enjoy it. (Eccl. 3:12, 13) As intelligent creatures who have been drawn by Jehovah, we understand God’s will for us. (Col. 1:9, 10) Hence, we have real meaning and direction in our lives. On the other hand, the majority of mankind have no clear concept of life’s purpose. Highlighting this contrast, Paul wrote: “‘Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, nor have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ For it is to us God has revealed them through his spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:9, 10)

Joy is good medicine…:)

“If you are happy and satisfied with your life now, you are more likely to be healthy in the future.” That is what a researcher at the University of Nebraska in the United States wrote after reviewing a number of studies on health. This is in agreement with the Bible, which says: “A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22) Yes, as you increase your joy, you are likely to have better physical health.

WAYS to INCREASE JOY:)

Keep your life simple and uncluttered.​—Luke 12:15 ” Then he said to them: “Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of greed (covetousness), because even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.

Be modest in your expectations.​—Mic. 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good. And what is Jehovah requiring (*asking back) of you? Only to exercise justice, (*to be just or to be fair) to cherish loyalty, (*Or “to be kind and loyal in your love.” Lit., “to love loyal love.”)And to walk in modesty with your God!

Make sure that your schedule (for employment, schooling, recreation, and so forth) allows you to pursue spiritual goals.​—Eph. 5:15, 16  So keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons,  making the best use of your time, (*Lit., “buying out the appointed time.”) because the days are wicked.”

Be reasonable with yourself and others.​—Phil. 4:5.”Let your reasonableness {not quarrelsomeness} become known to all men. The Lord is near.”

In what ways can i (patiently:) increase JOY today; this moment in time

(what is the True God of Compassion telling me?? Am i listening??)

11/08/17 @ 11:15 a.m.

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