When striving for happiness it’s important to count your blessings.
It’s important to keep in mind that the word blessed means happy.
Name them “one by one”
We often sing “count your blessings, name them one by one”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3
God because He loves us has blessed us, that is made us happy, with spiritual gifts from him.
God blesses us with mercy and comfort
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Co 1:3-4
The mercy and comfort from God will bless us. Thus, His mercy and comfort will bring happiness to the Christian.
Blessing when counted, outweigh our troubles
God’s compassion and mercy for us is new every morning
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
Blessings many times are things we don’t even think about.
Another important factor to happiness is spending time in the Word of God.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man 's all. Ecc 12:13
Keeping God’s commands is a must in order to be happy.
The Bible tells us God’s commands and what desires from us. By obeying his commands and doing what He desires will bring happiness to the life of the Christian.
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 2Pe 1:3
The Bible is a great encourager
Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psa 119:116
The word of God reminds us of how blessed we are as Christians. It reminds us of the many reasons that the Christian has to be happy.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:8-10
We are blessed that God’s love is shown in his sacrificing of His son. Without such love, such a blessing, we would be without hope.
The Bible tells us where to find happiness
We can find happiness in God correcting us, His correction is because of His love for us. "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. Job 5:17
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. Psa 128:4 – The man who fears the Lord will be happy.
Happiness is not based on material possessions nor is it a destination to be reached. Happiness comes from contentment and a peaceful state of mind. The Christian can have such because, as the Bible reveals, only God can bring such peace, thus only God can bring true happiness.
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phi 4:7
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