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Please note that this post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. One of the most important, yet most hopeless topics in our lives is happiness. What is happiness? How do we find it? And most importantly how do we make it last? Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment we reach when we feel satisfied.
The so-called pursuit of happiness is a quest that takes most people the majority of their lives but never really seems conquered. Real happiness, however, is only found in Christ. Only by trusting God and in His everlasting love, are we able to truly live a joyful life. This post contains affiliate links. This helps me to work in Ministry full-time and cover the expenses of this blog. The Bible repeatedly teaches us that love is found in loving God. So rather than focusing on the blessings, we have to focus on God and the blessings will follow.
Another good way to understand joy verses happiness is by practicing gratitude. In the past few months, as we all experienced the COVID pandemic, this amazing resource really helped me remain strong and joyful. And the best part is that you can do it as a mindfulness exercise whenever you feel anxious. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 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.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved of what you do. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For when I am weak, then I am strong. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[ a ] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[ b ] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[ a ] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[ b ] boast in the hope of the glory of God. The first time I read the above bible verses about joy and happiness, I identified the most with question one. Whenever my perfect life had a crack I felt depressed and hopeless. But whenever my professional and private life was thriving I felt good about myself and my life. My happiness was solely depending on external factors and I allowed my circumstances to control me.
And in order to be content in any circumstance, we need to make God our source of joy. What he wants is to put our faith and hope in him, which will then lead to real joy. Because true happiness comes from knowing God. One of the many discussions people have is about whether one expression is holier than the other.
A lot of believers say that joy is grander than happiness. That happiness is when you focus on a fleeting and worldly feeling, while joy is a posture of your heart rooted in Christ. I understand what the far more knowledgable and saved Christians mean. But for me the difference is that I pursue happiness on a daily basis, while joy is found in my overall state of mind. Thankfully, the Bible tells us that joy is a fruit of the spirit.
It is a character trait produced by the holy spirit in us, which means that in order to experience real joy we must know Christ and spend time with him. Joy has to be cultivated and sought after even in times that are hard. Phillippians The reason why I chose that one is because a lot of bible verses on happiness, seem abstract. And at times they are hard to relate to. That joy is available right in this moment, without anything external needed. While the above mentioned bible verses about being happy and enjoying life are a good start when you feel down. However, sometimes you need more to get you out of a funk or combat the negative thoughts in your head.
Because one thing that I noticed worked wonders for me, was when I started including a gratitude practice into my life. Simply writing down three things that you are grateful for each day, helped me focus on the positive things in my life that I might overlook otherwise. Besides the daily gratitude prompts, it includes weekly uplifting messages that will give add a pep to your step. I truly recommend getting this gratitude journal and make it part of your daily morning or night routine. That will help you connect with all the beautiful little things in your life and help you internalize the above happiness Bible verses.
Hi, Justine, great job, true happiness is found in Jesus Christ only. I like the way you presented and explained these wonderful Bible verses about happiness. Great job! I believe God brings happiness in life through things like loved ones or dancing or laughter or sports.
God blessed us with family, loved ones and just anything in life. God bless you very much, You just woke the internalized happiness in me that has been sleeping May the lord strengthen you to do more through the help of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Justine is a certified dating, relationship and life coach who has been blogging on justinemfulama. Her purpose for this site is to help women attract and maintain a godly relationship, by teaching self-love, mastery of the mind and confidence. Her dating advice and relationship advice is faith-based but practical and sourced from her own and other people's life experience.
Share Pin 1K. Amazingly put together …. I remembered when I used to read Psalm , all I felt was a joy. Thanks for sharing these.Happy heart bible verse
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