The search for finding lasting happiness has been a common thread in the history of man. No matter what continent or country, language or race. The heart of humankind is eternally longing for true happiness, and peace of mind.
As Christians, we can find happiness from within; not just from outer sources of satisfaction. And the ability to retain this impenetrable joy is something we can not only benefit from, but share with others.
What does the Bible say about happiness, and how can we apply this in our modern busy lives? Here are a few Scriptures you can hold on to in times of despair, or whenever your heart needs a little ray of sunshine.
1. John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
We are not promised that everything will always in peaceful; in fact, “tribulation” is a given. What we can count on is the Lord to be within and with us, no matter what is happening. And His peace will sustain our hearts.
2. Revelation 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
This beautiful promise gives us a lot to look forward to in the afterlife. When all the old things are passed away, and our new lives and new selves can finally find eternal, lasting joy.
3. Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Joy is named as a GIFT. It is not something that we as Christians and believers have to endlessly strive to attain. It is something freely given to us—if we will accept that the joy is ours. How many times have you felt unworthy of happiness? How many times did the blessings of peace come to your heart, but in your business or stressful lives, you did not let it fill your heart with the goodness God promised you?
4. Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Science has proven that laughter heals. Like the ultimate “happy pill”, being surrounded by other Christians who inspire us, lift our spirits, and encourage us to find joy in every situation is easy when you have a reliable fellowship for support and prayer.
5. Psalms 118:24 – This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Let’s face it: not every day is going to feel wonderful. In fact, most of our lives are mundane. The happiness you feel is directly related to the attitude you choose to have; how you decide your day will go. Whatever happens, find reason to carry happiness in your heart, knowing that the Lord orchestrated things to happen this way.
6. Proverbs 3:13 – Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
Happiness may be a state of mind, and this is exactly why you need to focus on learning, self-development, and Godly education. Anyone can be intellectual, but wisdom comes from experience, from digging deeper, and learning from the circumstances you find yourself in.
7. Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
This is a wonderful promise to hold on to in times of despair, and when it seems that absolutely nothing is going right. If you have a calling, if you are living with love and seeking God and the Kingdom first, rest assured that everything has a purpose. Nothing will happen to you by accident, and so you can find joy, satisfaction, peace and contentment no matter what.
Who doesn’t struggle with condemnation time after time? Even in church, or amongst other Christians, itßs easy to compare your lifestyle and especially your mistakes with others. But this is thinking in matters of the flesh—definitely not the spirit. In this verse, Paul is admonishing the Christians in Rome—a capital where the flesh was celebrated, and pursuits of the flesh were a daily preoccupation. He cautions them to walk after the Spirit, focusing on the joys that are not just fleeting; the hope that is eternal.
9. Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Again, Paul is addressing the Christians who lived in worldly Rome, and must have come in contact with those who lived for “meat and drink” on a daily basis. He is not saying to do without meat and drink altogether, he is simply reminding them that it shouldn’t be top priority. Rather, peace and joy of the Spirit—the gifts we are blessed to receive and give freely.
10. Psalms 16:9 – Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
When your heart is glad, your flesh can rest. You can sleep soundly, knowing that God is in control. He is the One who brings real Peace, Happiness, and the Joy that we must seek to help others know, too.
Happiness is a huge topic. The Bible talks a lot of different states of happiness we as Christians can have in our hearts, always. In this day and age, everything on the news seems depressing; the political state, our security and safety, our finances…
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with everything, take time out to focus on the simple joys, instead. When attending church, find the one that lifts your spirit, where you are surrounded by positive folks, who can help you on the journey to joy every day.