You would think that all believers would be happy people. After all, Almighty God loved them so much that He sacrificed the life of His only Son so that they could have a relationship with Him that lasts throughout eternity, right?
Not only this, but God continues His blessing with His grace. God’s grace is His undeserved gift of divine influence that is seen in His inspiration, direction, guidance, protection, encouragement, conviction, strength and power that enables you to deal with life and live uprightly even in the midst of all the mess. Aren’t these things worth being happy about?
God blesses his children continually. You are never out of His sight or thoughts. He continually watches over you and cares about you. Nothing ever happens in your life (good or bad) that God is not aware of. He even shares in your joy or sorrow. He is always there.
There is an old hymn that says, “Count you many blessings, name them one by one.”
If you take time to really look, you will find many blessing that you can thank God for. And this is the key for believers to “really be happy.”
“Brothers and sisters, think about things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” Philippians 4:8 NCV
Even though you may be a born-again believer and have experienced God’s amazing salvation, this does not mean that you cannot bring unhappiness into your life by focusing on and rehashing past injustices and injuries that bring aggravation or hurts have left deep scars.
How you handle the gunk of life (past and present) determines your demeanor and attitude, and contributes greatly to your personality.
As a believer, do you want to be seen as a crabby, cranky, upset, unpleasant jerk? The truth is that God is even put off by this behavior.
So, what you think about is important. God’s instruction is for all of His children to knock it off and get with the program. God’s program for you to be “really happy” is to stop thinking about yourself and the negative things from your past or ugly things in your present and start focusing on how you can serve others and enjoy the positive things that are already in your life. This will change your demeanor, attitudes and personality! Praise God for all of this! Acknowledge His unlimited love for you!
I challenge you to try this for a week. See if you don’t not feel better inside, and if others don’t notice a real difference in you. Life is better when you take the time to “count your blessings, name them one by one!”
God wants His children to be “really happy!”
God bless! Have a great day!