Happiness in Jesus

Most of us get confused about the promises of Christ. This 1-minute devotion addresses our confusion regarding happiness.  #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions

I sometimes get confused about happiness and the promises of Christ.

There are several definitions of happiness according to Merriam Webster, and the one that most Americans hold is "a pleasurable or satisfying experience."

People usually base their happiness on things that are important to them: marriage, children, wealth, prestige, health, power, sex, pleasure, leisure, revenge, or a variety of other things.

Christ does not promise this dictionary definition of happiness because it's fragile and temporary, based on circumstances. If we trust Christ, He promises something better: a state of contentment and joy (John 14:27; John 16:33; Philippians 4:4-7; 1 Timothy 6:6).

The "happiness" Christ gives us comes from gratitude for our position in Him, so it's independent of circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

When facing difficulties, it helps if we shift our focus: Instead of simply wanting to get rid of the difficulty, we can ask God to strengthen our faith and help us deal with our circumstances in ways that honor Him (James 1:2-3).

Are you truly happy, dear Christian? Ponder the verses below and rejoice!

John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." 

John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Philippians 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

1 Timothy 6:6: "But godliness with contentment is great gain."

1 Thessalonians 5:18: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

James 1:2-3"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." 

Merriam Webster Definition

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Most of us get confused about the promises of Christ. This 1-minute devotion addresses our confusion regarding happiness.  #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions

There is a kind of Happiness that we can have in the midst of any circumstance. This 1-minute devotion explains.

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  1. This is so timely for me... I've been made more and more aware of how important focus is, and how crucial it is to have it in the right place! Thank you for the encouragement.

  2. These are wise words… Happiness and contentment are two different things. Some want a Jesus drug to keep them on a high when that is not what He promised… He offers His peace to rule in our hearts and that is a joy!

  3. Through the things that happen in my life I have learned to rely on the Lord more and more. I am sure that is why troubles come...God wants us to turn to Him.

  4. Gail,
    You are so right when we lose focus we open a door for trouble. In difficult times I look back and recall all that He's done in my life, and I just keep telling myself He's the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow.