Joy exceeds simple pleasure. Kenneson claims joy is the byproduct of our desire for something more outward.
The other-directedness nature of joy shows why it is so closely connected to love. If love be related to God’s grace, the gift exemplifies a significance between these two Greek words: charis (grace) and chara (joy).
Scripture connects suffering with joy, and “living joyfully despite persecution and affliction does not require one to deny the reality of suffering or pain” (63).
We cultivate joy when we rejoice in the opportunity to worship God, nurture contentment, and learn to enjoy children.
This is only the beginning.