If you want to be happy, there is no other source of knowledge and wisdom that you should consult but the Bible. Some think that the Bible is an old and outdated book that offers little help for us today. However, if you want to be happy, not just happy but joyful and blessed, you need to read the Bible. The Author of the Bible is God, and He created us. Surely, if there is one Being, who knows how we can be happy, that would be God.
So in this blog post, let me share with you some of the little-known keys to Happiness according to the Bible. Here goes!
Key no. 1: Be content
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (I Timothy 6:6-7).
It is sad that many people mistakenly believe that money will bring them lasting happiness. However, many who have taken this path will soon realize that they are on the wrong road toward happiness.
The key to happiness is not money, but contentment and our contentment must be coupled with godliness. Contentment is not about laying on our beds all day because we are “content” with our lives. Godly contentment means that you have put your trust and confidence in God that He will provide all your needs. It is the confidence that after you have done your best, God will do the rest.
Human nature will never be satisfied. When we finally have what we want, we will again look for other things. This is a thief of joy. However, if you are content with your life, you will soon find yourself at peace, blessed, and joyful.
Key no. 2: Do not compare yourself to others
“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not WISE” (II Corinthians 10:12).
Another thief of joy is comparing you to others. When we look at others, it is very easy to find the things that we lack instead of the things that we have.
In reality, you can never win the “compare game.” If you consider yourself superior to others, you will feel proud of yourself. On the other hand, you will find yourself bitter and sad if you find yourself inferior to others.
God does not determine your value through the life of others. He does not use other people to measure up your character. So why do you have to compare yourself to others? We are unique, and we have our advantages and disadvantages. We experience life in different ways. So comparing ourselves to others is not wise.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself. Compete with yourself. Be a better version of yourself each day.
Key no. 3: Be generous
“It is better to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
God wants all of us to live the way of giving rather than the way of getting. Our human nature is focused on ourselves. We fool ourselves when we say, “We will be happier when we will get more and more and give less and less.” However, God wants us to reflect His giving character, and that should be the goal of all Christians.
If you want to be happy, serve other people. Strive to make other people happy and you will see, happiness will eventually find its way back to you. This is the main reason that Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Key no. 4: Honor your father and mother
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’– which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may ENJOY long life on the earth.’ (Ephesians 6:1-3, NIV)
Today, we can see more and more children disrespecting their parents. Do you know that this is one of the reasons that we are living in a sad world? It is because this commandment is being broken.
Our parents live longer than any of us. They have experienced the different twists and turns of life. They have the wisdom to impart to us, and if we listen to their sound advice, we will make better choices. Having a good relationship with our parents will also be a pre-cursor for a happy life.
Of course, there are instances that our parents might be difficult to honor. We need to pray for them and ask God’s help. We must remember that our attitude should not depend on their attitude. If they are filled with hate, then we must fill our life with love. We might hate their actions but we must not despise our parents. Stay respectful knowing that we have our ultimate Father in Heaven, who is God.
Key no. 5: Keep the law of God
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are NOT burdensome” (I John 5:3).
This world has become dominantly a sad, depressed, and gloomy place because of sin. Sin can be the greatest thief of happiness. Therefore, if you want to be happy, you better avoid sin at all cost.
But what is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law (I John 3:4). So for you to be happy, you better keep the law of God. It is sad to note though that many people assume that Christ’s death has freed us from keeping the law, and the law has already been nailed to the cross. However, this is not true. We are not freed to break God’s law but we are freed from the penalty of sin.
God’s love is so great that He gave us the guidelines on how to fully live this life and these guidelines are laid out as the law of God. So many people want to be happy, but not all are willing to do what it really takes to be happy.
Keep the commandments of God. You will soon see how blessed your life will become.
These are just some of the important keys to happiness according to the Bible. God already tells us how to be happy, and these are written in the scripture. You don’t have to experiment and see which works and not. All the help you need is already found in the pages of your Bible.