I was thinking of the word – Happiness.
Happiness – where do I stand in the ‘happiness’ stakes?
My dictionary gives us this for happy:
- feeling or showing pleasure or contentment:
Happiness – hmmm.?
Paul the apostle tells us that (I Timothy 6) / 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
I do have a deep abiding peace in my spirit.
In fact – a peace I can’t explain – one that passes my ability to figure it out.
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
However I like the old sayng that made it’s journey around the church years ago:
I’m satisfied with a dissatisfied satisfaction.
In my own nature and personality I’m a discontented kind of a guy.
When we find a negative tendency in our personality – (and we are all so different) – we need to feed ourselves, as Christians, with God’s antidote: – the Word of God.
This both counteracts our negative tendencies and also brings change.
God is in the changing business. He, as a faithful Heavenly Father takes time to raise His family correctly.
Raising us in the nurture and admonition of His Word (see also Ephesians 6/4)
Reminding ourselves of all the wonderful promises He has given us, through the New Testament and Old Testament writers, is giving God the opportunity to work in us.
He uses His Word to accomplish the changing and maturing of the Christian’s heart.
I Thessalonians 2/13
…the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
This brings greater wholeness in our lives – and consequently greater contentment.
So role out your own definition of happiness, if you wish. But perhaps, godly contentment may not be what you have in mind?
Godliness brings contentment – whereas the pleasure of sin is only for a season.
Contentment starts deep within – growing from the assurance that Christ has made me acceptable, through no merits of my own.
I drift from the contentment He provides – and get restless, but when that happens it’s time to get back into the power-house of contentment, through prayer and Bible meditation.
Passivity and contentment are not the same thing. How easy it is to become passive, especially in this present lockdown situation.
But, nevertheless, I need to be reminding myself that my contentment is in Christ.
Complete by Grace bringing contentment:-
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.