0814- Joy Is Not Happiness 喜乐不同于快乐

Galatians 5:22-25 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.There is a huge difference between happiness and joy. As Christians, we must not take it for granted that joy belongs to us and it will sustain us in any situation in life.

Joy, or “chara” in Greek, describes a feeling of inner gladness, delight or rejoicing. In the New Testament, joy virtually always signifies a feeling of “happiness” that is based on spiritual realities and independent of circumstances. Joy is a deep-seated pleasure—a depth of assurance and confidence that ignites a cheerful heart, which in turn leads to cheerful behaviour. Joy is not an experience that comes from favourable circumstances, but God’s gift to believers. Joy is a part of God’s very essence and His Spirit manifests this supernatural joy in His children. It is the deep-down sense of well-being that abides in the heart of someone who knows all is well between himself and the Lord.

Both the Apostle Paul and Jesus gave us a very good comparison between the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the work of the flesh. If we abide in the vine, we will bear much fruit. Likewise, when we walk in Spirit, we will witness the bearing of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Therefore, we are asked to abide in Christ and walk in the Spirit. There is a freedom for us to choose to live in victory with the help of the Holy Spirit and the new creation realities.

However, if our mind is not renewed by the Word of God, it is easy to revert to carnality or listen to the flesh whenever we are affected by the world through its passions and desires stoked by our pride.

Galatians 5:6 (NKJV) Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

For instance, we have a tendency to compare our lives with others’. It is also easy for us to become proud, which causes us to be conceited and provoke one another. If happiness is measured by the success of someone in the corporate world, there should a lot of happy people in affluent cities. However, that is not the case because the problem with happiness is that it is subject to the environment, and both happiness and peace can quickly disappear when any factor that we measure happiness by changes.

Sermon Series: Joy – The Fruit of the Holy Spirit


5:22 圣灵所结的果子、就是仁爱、喜乐、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信实、温柔、节制。这样的事、没有律法禁止。凡属基督耶稣的人、是已经把肉体、连肉体的邪情私欲、同钉在十字架上了。我们若是靠圣灵得生、就当靠圣灵行事。不要贪图虚名、彼此惹气、互相嫉妒。


喜乐,或希腊语中的“ chara”,描述一种内在的高兴,愉悦或欣喜的感觉。在《新约》中,喜乐实际上总是表达一种“幸福”的感觉,这种感觉是基于属灵的经历并且不受环境的影响。喜乐是一种深层次的愉悦感—一深深的把握和自信,点燃着一颗欢快的心,带来欢快的行为。喜乐不是来自于经历了有利的环境,而是上帝给信徒的恩赐。喜乐是上帝本质中的一部分,祂的灵在祂的儿女身上彰显出这种超自然的喜乐。这是深深地驻扎在信徒的内心的幸福感,他知道自己和主之间一切安好。



加拉太书5:6 不要贪图虚名、彼此惹气、互相嫉妒。


讲章系列:喜乐 – 圣灵所结的果子