1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits.
JOY is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.
Bring heavenly balm to heal my country's wounds,
JOY to my soul and transport to my lay.
2. Gayety; mirth; festivity.
The roofs with joy resound.
3. Happiness; felicity.
Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy
4. A glorious and triumphant state.
--Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2.
5. The cause of joy or happiness.
For ye are our glory and joy 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
6. A term of fondness; the cause of you.
JOY, verb intransitive To rejoice; to be glad; to exult.
I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18.
JOY, verb transitive To give joy to; to congratulate; to entertain kindly.
1. To gladden; to exhilarate.
Proverbs 10:28 28 The hope of the righteous will be joy, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Freedom from anxiety makes it (the heart) rejoice and give thanks; and the grateful offering of thanks augments the gifts of grace it has received. And as the blessings increase, so does the thankfulness, and so does the pure prayer offered with tears of joy. Slowly the man emerges from the tears of distress and from the passions, and enters fully into the state of spiritual joy. The Philokalia, Vol. III
COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY