It is important that we not allow anyone to steal our joy in the Lord. The reason I mention this is, Joy seems to be categorically and definitely connected to our relationship to the Holy Spirit, which imparts this joy into our spirit. In the book of Acts chapter 13:50-52, as Paul and Barnabas preached in Antioch, there were those that opposed the doctrine of Christ. It seems the people were pretty well upset with them. So much so that even the leaders of the church spoke out against them and mocked them, and eventually kicked the out of the city. When they left the city, scripture indicates that they were filled with joy AND the Holy Ghost. In spite of the persecution, in spite of the danger, in spite of the banishment of their teachers, the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost (Pulpit Commentary http://biblehub.com/acts/13-52.htm) Please do not confuse this JOY with joy and happiness in the natural, for one has nothing to do with the other. The joy that Paul and Barnabas shared was the joy spoken of in Psalms when David pleaded with God to Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12. It is the joy of Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. It is the “fullness of joy” that can only be obtained in the person of Jesus Christ. It is this same joy that allows you to go through circumstances and situations that would cause other to be irreparably broken. It is this joy that allows you to laugh in the face of disappointment. It is a joy that remains through sorrow. It is this very same joy that Nehemiah declared; Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. So why would you allow someone to take from you your strength, the joy of your salvation, the fullness of joy? I caution you to hold it dear and please do not allow anyone to steal it. Please understand, so important is this joy, that there are those that have been assigned to steal it. The definition of steal is to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force(dictionary.com): So there are those that would try to take “your joy “without permission or right”, “to take it secretly or by force”. How is that possible you ask? A harsh word or deed meant to intentionally or unintentionally wound your spirit, along with the disappointment and frustrations of life. It is this joy that Nehemiah declared; Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 Hold fast to the joy that is your strength.