* The article for today was sent to me and it fits so well with the thrust of this site that I asked permission to reprint it for today.

“I believe that God wants us to be happy. In fact, Solomon tells us that God grants happiness to us as a privilege (Eccl. 3:12; 7:14; 11:9). Sometimes, though, we take the search for earthly happiness too far. We see it as the most important pursuit, and even believe that our happiness is God’s highest goal for us. That’s when our thinking gets confused. God’s Word tells us that true happiness comes from keeping God’s law. God demands holiness and has called us to live a holy life – one that exemplifies His moral character. This will produce in us a deep abiding joy, which is different than happiness. Happiness comes and goes, and often depends on our feelings at the moment and on external circumstanfces. Satan can use our desire for happiness as a way to manipulate us and tempt us to focus our attention on worldly things and away from God. But true joy comes from the pursuit of holiness in our thoughts, words, and deeds, and this will have eternal benefits. When we face decisions about the way we should act or how we should live, we must keep in mind that God’s command is not ‘Be happy,’ but ‘Be holy.’ True joy will come from a holy, God-honoring life. There is no happiness apart from holiness and no holiness apart from Christ.”  (Source Unknown).

Follow (pursue) peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”-Hebrews 12:14

Selah! Think about it!  Abiding joy trumps spasmodic happiness!    Ron

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