The joy of the Lord is an integral part of the essence of God. Joy, which produces laughter, is a core value of the nature of God.  Joy is a by-product of the presence of God in our lives. Matthew 24:21-23 shows us that joy is an eternal state of bliss, not an emotion. We receive this state by interaction and relationship with God. As believers and joint heirs with Jesus, we should be the happiest people on earth.  In this teaching, Timothy shares where joy is found, how it is produced and what joy looks like in our lives as sons and daughters of God.