the secret of christian happiness

“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”

Our sick room can become a “spiritual gymnasium” where we work out and build our soul. The crisis of our life are the “all things” which work together for good to those who love God. Let’s not resent it. Let’s not allow them to fill us with bitterness. If you are lying on hospital beds or in any painful situation, realize today that it is the love-stroke of a loving Heavenly Father who loves us so much. He will not pamper us but will bring all things for our ultimate good.

Christ is the answer to sadness and discouragement.

This is a world of thwarted hopes, broken dreams, and frustrated desires. G. K. Chesterton said,

“Everywhere there is speed, noise, and confusion, but nowhere deep happiness and quiet hearts.”

But Christ can take the discouragement and despairs out of our lives. He can put a spring in one’s step and give one a thrill in his heart and a purpose in his mind. Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ.

The Bible says, “A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

If my heart has been attuned to my God through faith in Christ, then its overflow will be joyous optimism and good cheer.

The joy of the Lord is my strength! Do you feel God’s joy? It only comes when we spend time with Him.

Our Father and our God, I know You will use everything that happens in my life for good. Help me not to resent the hard times and not to be embittered. Help me to see with an eternal vision the blessings You have in mind for me. I pray, through Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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