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Re: The differences between joy and happiness.
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 03:59:46 PM »
Hello Rose Anna,

It doesn't matter if we have heard these things before, we always need to be reminded of them.  Thank you.  :D

Many moons ago, I was given a booklet, written by E.W. Bullinger, called, 'The Two Natures in The Child of God', it had an enormous affect upon me. It can be found for free download in PDF format now, if you are interested.  It went through the names and characteristics both of the Old Nature and the New Nature, given in Scripture: and showed the end of both, and our responsibilities in regard to each.  It helped me so much, I can't recommend it enough.

I have given the last of my copies away, and need to send for another, for it is one of those useful, 'dip in', kind of booklets, which you really don't feel you can do without. Below is a link for a free download:-

 http://www.markfoster.net/rn/two_natures_in_the_child_of_god.pdf

In Christ Jesus
Cariad


http://www.markfoster.net/rn/two_natures_in_the_child_of_god.pdf

Offline Rose Anna

Re: The differences between joy and happiness.
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 04:44:57 PM »

Thank you @Cariad. That might be helpful.
We know that He who began the good work in you will bring to completion. Philippians 1:6
That does show His sovereignity
But does that mean we have a passive role as Philippians also explains:
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12

Showing its a two way relationship, where we learn our part and our response and how that is harnessed.
The link may show that.

Offline Rose Anna

Re: The differences between joy and happiness.
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 08:38:21 AM »
There are people in this world and especially of today,  who say they don't like goodness much.

1.Does that fit despisers of goodness?

2. Or does that fit their perception of goodness?

Many are indeed despising goodness for wordly depraved living.

They reject genuineness, gentleness, kindness and love. For they reject truth and  they reject the fragrance of God and reject the aroma of life.

For Jesus said: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."John 10:10

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11

For God who created us, created us for the best.  His goodness is about the abundance of life, in love and truth through walking with Him. Its a life of joy.

There maybe times of great difficulties and its not a bed of roses. A time of testing to develop more character and maturity in us.

As it says in James 1:3-4
"Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

God wants us to have everything. That includes developing maturity and the fullness of joy in relationship with Him, so that we lack nothing. In an abundance of life.

Isn't faith about trusting that God and His goodness are the best.
Goodness goes hand in hand  with truth, patience, self control. It goes hand in hand with love and kindness.
 
Yet on the other hand and when goodness is seen from another perception it is seen in the false and pretentious sense.

Indeed self righteousness, hypocrisy and  religion, does not go hand in hand with love and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

 Its self seeking and is a form of godliness without the power of God. 2 Timothy 3:5

Its graceless and without the life of God. Its without true joy

Its the aroma of death. Its not the goodness of God and is not goodness in the true sense of God and how He created it to be. For joy and the abundance of life.