Everyone wants to be happy nowadays. Wants good times. King of good times is the tagline for kingfisher. things which make us happy is different for different people. For some watching first day first show is happy, for some being appreciated, getting a new dress, new job etc.
Bible often uses the word , rejoice or Joy.
When googled , found this.
Happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure. Joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness.
Joy is uncommon. It is not achievable just by doing things which make us happy.
‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’
John 15:11 these things I have spoken to you , that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
In the previous verses Jesus covers about keeping his commandments and if his word abides in us.then only we abide in his love.
So my being in constant Lords love and following him only we experience Joy.
Once when we experience this joy, the happiness of this world no longer satisfies us.
This is the reason, ppl after knowing Christ once are not able to indulge passionately in the things which once they found happiness in like gambling, drinking, being movie buff,etc. They find happiness in these things , but after a while a void sets in them. And they become dry and thirsty for Christ.
Though it’s not at all wrong to be happy. Joy is more precious.