“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
What makes you happy? What brings joy to your life? There are many different answers to these questions. Some may say a satisfying and successful career, others my name things like family, friends, good health or a comfortable living. All of these answers are true and there is no reason one would not strive to attain them all. But even if a person does not possess any of the above mentioned blessings, he or she can still be happy.
True happiness comes from knowing the Lord. Walking daily with the Him, communing through prayer and reading and applying His word to our lives brings joy, peace and contentment. Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit talked about in Galatians 5:22. Jesus instructs us in John 15:10-11 to obey God so our joy will be complete. (Paraphrased)
God doesn’t want us to suffer through a life full of burdens and sadness, He wants to fill us with joy. Things will go wrong in this life, but we still have reason to rejoice and praise God. God loves us. He forgive us of our sins and gives eternal life with Him when we accept His salvation through Jesus Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad , you righteous; sing all of you who are upright in heart.” Psalm 32:11