A Deeper Understanding
August 12, 2019, 8:34 AM

The Greek word for joy is chara.  It means happiness and elation, the same as our English word “joy,” but William Barclay points out that chara is not a joy that comes from earthly things or from triumph over others.  Chara is a joy that comes from a relationship with God, a spiritual joy.  Chara is something we want to share with one another.

1 John 1:3-4 says, “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy (chara) complete.”

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