The Greek word for joy is chara. Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. Joy expresses God’s kingdom—His influence on earth.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit. (Comes from +gives)

Clarke`s Commentary

And joy in the Holy Ghost – Solid spiritual happiness; a joy which springs from a clear sense of God’s mercy; the love of God being shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost. In a word, it is happiness brought into the soul by the Holy Spirit, and maintained there by the same influence. (Gal 5:22)This is a genuine counterpart of heaven; righteousness without sin, Peace without inward disturbance, Joy without any kind of mental agony or distressing fear.

Joy is not a human emotion, but an anointed expression of the Spirit

Joh 15:11.These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Jn 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. (FAITH IS THE KEY TO JOY)

Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Let’s first understand the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is an emotion, and God never intended for people to be in that emotional state all the time.

There is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”(Ecclesiastes:3:4).
Earthly joy needs a constant diet of stimulation, and as soon as this vanishes, so does the joy.

Possessing joy is a choice. We choose whether to value God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy.
Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Joy is not to be found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete.

1Jn 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

Rom 5:3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
Rom 5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Rom 5:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Jas 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Jas 1:3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Jas 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Ne 8:10 ….. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
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