A Christian’s joy is not devoid of the human emotion5. However, as a fruit of the Spirit13, it must assume more than simply a human emotion. A Christian’s joy is rooted in one’s Christian faith1,2,4,13 (being “in the Holy Spirit”12) and their continued walk/obedience to God’s word3,5,7 – the very spiritual fellowship John1,2 is concerned about. In fact, a Christian’s spiritual joy may include things that would naturally bring us pain or sorrow10,11 or sacrifice12. Ultimately, the lifelong journey of being faithful to the end1,2,5,6,7,9,14,15 is a “perfect and complete”10 Christian joy.
A “Christian’s joy” is a mutual, shared joy among all faithful saints1,2,3,8,14, including Jesus, Himself4,15. Contrary to Dr. Woods’ statement, Scripture generally3,4,5,7,8,9,10,14, and John specifically1,2 is, in fact, equating a loss of Christian joy with a loss of salvation and a heavenly reward in the end11,15.