Should Happiness Be Our Goal?

Many in the modern church have a false view of happiness and false view of what Christ offers. This 1-minute devotion offers Scriptural advice. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

This is part of the Trojan Horse series - false philosophies that have come into the church hidden in a Christian package.

Does God want us happy? 

If happy means "joyful" or "content," yes.(1)  

"Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6

If happy means "having everything pleasant and comfortable," no. 

Jesus said, "In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Holiness, not happiness, is God's goal for us (1 Peter 2:9).

Unfortunately, a lust for happiness has infiltrated the Church and encouraged us to be anything but holy.

We ...
  • Waste time.
  • Buy things we don't need and can't afford.
  • Mishandle responsibilities.
  • Pamper and excuse our children's selfishness. 
  • Neglect the needs of others.
  • Offer stingy gifts to God's work.
Seeking happiness breeds selfishness. I'm guilty at times, and so are many of you. 

Today let's make God's happiness our goal:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1
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(1) Biblical joy and contentment are not dependent on circumstances. That's why Paul can repeatedly talk about rejoicing while he is in prison (Philippians).



Read the Introduction to the Trojan Horse series HERE and Trojan Horse Lie #1 HERE. And do a 5 minute Bite Size Bible Study on this lie HERE.

Many in the modern church have a false view of happiness and false view of what Christ offers. This 1-minute devotion offers Scriptural advice. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible







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