The word Advent means “to come toward, to draw near or to approach.” and today marks the fourth and final Sunday in the Advent. Today the candle of Joy will be lit on the advent wreath. Some people put a final candle in the center to represent Christ that is lit on Christmas Day.
Candle of Joy
The fourth candle of the advent wreath is the candle of joy. This candle represents the joy that we find through Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to experience the full measure of His joy! No matter what we are experiencing if we live with Jesus Christ as our center we can have joy.
Joy should never be confused with happiness. True joy doesn’t come from situations; it comes from God alone. Following God’s Word provides a peace that no matter what the circumstances, God will care for you. This peace brings full joy.
In fact, knowing more about God and His teachings, will bring joy into your life. The more you learn, the closer you are with God. That relationship brings only peace and joy.
Happiness vs. Joy
On the surface happiness and joy seem similar and they are both blissful experiences. Yet there are more differences than there are similarities. Happiness is an emotion tied directly to getting what we want or desire. Joy is the spiritual result of our relationship with God. Happiness is temporary at best and is dependent on circumstances. Joy is eternally-based and can be ours even when we are going through trials. It is from God alone and therefore can never be taken from us.
As we light the Candle of Joy, we should focus on how much true joy we have in our lives since we started following Christ.
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