Take a few minutes to watch the following video from The Bible Project over the word Chara
Now that you have a different understanding of the word Joy or Chara, read the following passages of scripture:
So he brought his people out with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold,
I bring you good news
of great joy
that will be for all
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you have hidden these things from the wise
and understanding and revealed them
to little children;
yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven,
for so they persecuted the
prophets who were before you.
Convinced of this,
I know that I will remain
and continue with you all,
for your progress and joy in the faith
Finally, my brothers,
rejoice in the Lord.
To write the same things
to you is no trouble
to me and is safe for you.
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
as poor, yet making many rich;
as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:10
How does this new understanding of the word joy change the way you view these passages of scripture?
Christian joy is not joy that is based off from our circumstances or our own ability to rise above. Christian joy is a profound decision of faith and hope in the power of Jesus' own life and love.
How would your current mood change from sorrow, despair, fear, frustration... into Chara or true eternal joy if you choose to see the power of Jesus' love as more influential in your life then the circumstance itself?