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Ps 30:5 For His displeasure is for a moment, His delight is for life; Weeping might last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. (We can rejoice in the knowledge of the character of Yahweh: His slowness to anger, and readiness to save).

Pro 10:28 The righteous look forward to joy, but the expectancy of the wrong ones perish. (Although the hope of the righteous person at present may be mixed with doubts, and fears, and disappointments, yet in the end it shall be accomplished and turned into enjoyment – for this reason it is possible to rejoice at the present time, even in times of difficulty).

Ecc 9:7-8 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a glad heart; for Elohim has already approved your works. Let your garments be white at all times, and let your head lack no oil. (Earthly enjoyment is to be received as a gift by Yahweh’s favour).

Isa 9:2-3 The people who were walking in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has shone. You shall increase the nation; You shall make its joy great. They shall rejoice before You, as in the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. (One of the main reasons for us to rejoice is because the opening of the words of Yahweh, gives light and clarity – Ps 119:130).

Neh 8:10 Then he said to them, Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom none is prepared. For this day is set-apart to our Master. Do not be sad, for the joy of Yahweh is your strength. (Rejoicing is a means of nourishing the soul and strengthening belief, but this joy must always be tempered with dependence upon Yahweh and humbleness of character).

Philemon 1:7 For we have much joy and encouragement in your love, because the hearts of the set-apart ones have been refreshed (made strong again) through you. (If we can refresh the hearts of our fellow believers, we shall not only carry joy into their lives, but contribute towards the strength of the Body of Messiah).

1 Pet 1:7-8 The proving (testing) of your belief, which is much more precious than gold that perishes … will result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of Y’shua Messiah, whom you love, although you haven’t seen Him, and in whom you exult with unspeakable and esteemed joy. (Our joy in Messiah is not based upon things that we have seen or experienced, but upon the fact that we know that Yahweh anointed Him with the oil (“shemen”) of gladness – Ps 45:7 and Heb 1:9).

2 John 1:12 Having much to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink, but I expect to come to you and speak face to face, so that our joy might be complete. (Our belief and knowledge and hope in Messiah are mostly invisible, but in order for our joy in Messiah to be complete, we need to complement our belief, knowledge and hope with face to face fellowship and interaction with fellow believers).

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