Have you ever wondered…
What does the Bible say about joy?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness.
If like me, you’re a fan of the book or movie, you know that the glad game is a central part of the story of Pollyanna.
Her father made up this game to teach her how to deal with the disappointments in her life. And he showed her that by focusing on the things that bring joy instead of sorrow she could rise above and overcome any hardship.
Likewise, our Heavenly Father has given us the one tool we need to play our own version of the glad game, the Bible.
It’s through His Word, God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day.
Joy in the Bible is a big topic. And this powerful verse from Philippians has a very close relationship to the glad game because it tells us to focus on the positive instead of the negative …
whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Our version of the glad game is not about pretending we don’t know or see the bad things going on around us. Of course, we do.
But God commands us to not let negativity weigh us down or take hold within us. Instead, He wants us to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us every day.
When we do, God promises to renew our hearts and minds. Refresh our souls. And give us strength for the journey ahead.
We can choose joy over sorrow!
With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about joy that are sure to fill our hearts with gladness.
Are you ready?
Bible Verses about Joy in the Lord
Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bible Verses about Joy and Happiness
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
Isaiah 9:3 NIV
Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning
Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Bible Verses about Joy in Suffering
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 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.
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1 Peter 1:7-8
Uplifting Joyful Bible Verses
Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Bible Verses about Joy and Thankfulness
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:1-3 NIV
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Ezra 3:11 NIV
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
What I love most about Pollyanna is her infectious positivity. The joy she had quickly spread throughout her town and changed the hearts of everyone she met. All it only took to make a real impact was one little girl who had the gumption to share her joyful worldview.
We can have that same gumption too.
By allowing these scriptures on joy to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom.
And when we follow the simple guidance inside of these verses about joy, the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, and peace will be with us wherever we go.
People will see the difference in us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us. And it will have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.
I truly hope these Bible Verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness, remind you of all Jesus has done in your life.
And I pray everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.
May the grace, peace, and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!