Everyone wants to be happy. We all want to have that moment when life feels perfect and everything seems to fall into place. Yet there’s a catch: not all happy moments are good. In fact, there are times when being happy is downright dangerous. When we read the Bible, we see that not all happiness is good. There are places where being too happy can lead us down paths we never intended to go. The Bible encourages Christians toward wholesome happiness that isn’t based on anything fleeting or superficial but rather on God himself and His Word, which gives us true contentment in this life and in the next.
1. Remind yourself that God sees you and thus hates sin so much.
It is so sad to see that people nowadays are living based on social standards and mostly ignore the biblical perspective. Mostly spiritual advice on social media is being corrected by a random person or people that knew everything. They believe in God, but only from their own perspective. They intend to have good information about life and can preach to you with relevant quotes and thoughts from a famous random person. But sad to say that these quotes are merely not in line with God’s perspective. It’s hard to change your thoughts in an instant, but remind yourself that whatever possessions you have right now, there is God watching you the whole time. You can be happy even if you are not doing the right things, and thus God hates sin so much. So we better recognize worldly happiness. In Matthew 16:26, “What good is it for a person to gain the whole world and forfeit the soul? What can one give in exchange for their soul?” Jesus pointed out that satisfaction in our hearts can never be found in this world full of tricks and decoration. We must seek not earthly treasures, but in heaven above. Psalm 37:4 states that “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
2. Remind ourselves that we are all sinners that need a saviour.
Sometimes it’s because we forget that we are sinful creatures, and we forget that we need a Savior. These are dangerous times because when we feel happy, it’s easy for us to believe that we have it all together. It’s easy for us to forget that we are sinners in need of grace. Matthew 6:19-20 states that 19th “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20th But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
3. Know your identity that you are in Christ
Our identity is all set in Christ alone. It cannot be taken away. You are in Christ right now and that’s the truth that will set you free from this world’s tricky perspective. People nowadays still have an identity crisis about what they are going to live in. Knowing Christ and studying His words, will tell you deeper values that the world cannot give. The Book of Ephesians declares, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are God’s handiwork and He created us in His image. So, let’s rejoice in the presence of the Lord.
Happiness is the state of being happy. We can be happy for no reason at all; we can be happy, of course, when we get the things we desire the most. Even the world can show us happiness in bad times; how much more when we put it in biblical ways. We can simply conclude that not all happiness is good. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t ever be happy again just to avoid getting things wrong, but it’s all about doing the right things from a biblical perspective. True happiness is actually spiritual contentment, (Philippians 4:12-13). The world can only give temporary satisfaction to our flesh, but our soul’s ultimate desire is found only in the presence of Jesus Christ. We are truly happy when we accept the everlasting love of Jesus.