Happy Life #4

A happy life is made by happy relationships. The primary relationship is, of course, our relationship with God. God has done so much to be “with us.” Isaiah 7:14 tells us that Jesus is “Immanuel” or “God with us.” Jesus’ entry into the world is described in John 1. He was “the light coming into the world” (Jn. 1:9). He made the world but was rejected by the many of the world (Jn. 1:10). Those who did receive him received the right to become the children of God (Jn. 1:11). How wonderful that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). To be in constant contact with the Lord is the key to a happy life. He provides pardon, comfort, hope, and strength.

We must also develop relationships with other people. God said it is not good that man should be alone (Genesis 2:18). So he made a woman to be his wife (Gen. 21-24). This marriage relationship is intended for the holiness and happiness of both man and woman. It is to be ended only by death. Joined to another only if sinned against through infidelity (Matt. 19:9). This marriage relationship is the perfect place for the rearing of children. With the influence of mother and father a child can be raised to be well balanced in heart, mind, and soul for God.

Beyond the family, God has given us the opportunity to be a part of his church. Jesus is the head of the family (Ephesians 1:22). Individuals enter the church by being baptized (1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:26-27). Having entered the church we have the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of believers as the first church at Jerusalem did (Acts 2:41-47).

God cares for you. He offers you an abundant life (John 10:10) now and eternal life afterward (John 14:1-4). Be mindful of your relationships. Enjoy the people you are around and be around people you enjoy. Always choose to be with Christians when possible. Always choose to stay with the Lord. There will be no happiness apart from him.

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