I am somewhat obsessed with joy. It is not that I am an especially joyful person; but I wish to be more joyful, especially since joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Well – recently I was given the chance to write an article about joy for a Bible dictionary. I will post the text below. I wish I had the time to do more research, and I hope to come back to this subject in much more detail (I had a limit of 800 words).
Meanwhile, before I post my text, I would like to list this relevant note from John Piper (www.desiringgod.org) about Benjamin Franklin (deist) and George Whitefield: