Do you want to be happy? The good news is, God wants you to be happy too! In fact, He commands you to be joyful. The Christian lifestyle is not boring. It is not a life that is about doing things we do not want to do with people we do not want to be with. Yes, it is a life of work and restraint. But it is also a life of pleasure. May doing the Bible study be one of those pleasures!!!
Read Esther 8:16, Jeremiah 31:13, Proverbs 23:25, Psalm 32:11. Based on these verses, what is joy like?
Read Hebrews 11:24-25, Job 20:4-7, Ps 16:9-11 and Matthew 13:44-45. God gives everyone the ability to be joyful and happy. But there is a difference between joy based on Godly desires and joy based on unholy desires. What differences can you find from these verses?
Read Psalm 37:4, Romans 12:12 and Philippians 4:4. What do these verses tell us about the source or basis of our pleasure?
Read 2 Corinthians 6:4-10 and Romans 5:3-5. The bad things that happen to us are not without purpose nor are they instruments of punishment. God changes them to become the ladder that helps us grow closer to God. And this growth includes being joyful even in the worst of circumstances. What is your reaction to these verses?
Please read Psalm 71:23-24, Psalm 100:1-4, Ecclesiastes 2:26, John 15:10-11, John 16:24 and Hebrews 12:1-2. How can we cultivate happiness in God? How can we grow in joy?
Life is not easy. But, it does not mean it can be without joy. How can live in a way that acknowledges both our pain and our joy? How can we show others that we understand their pain and also get them to see past their pain to the possibility of joy?