Millions try each year by making new year’s resolutions. Then after a day, a week or a few months, they backslide into their old habits. Others have tried to improve their health, increase their wealth or change their association to bring them more happiness.
These efforts have proven to be only temporary or totally ineffective. Why? Because true happiness is not based on what we have, how we look or the people surrounding us. Psalm 144:15 says, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” — New King James Version.
The American Standard Version reads, “Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.” Why should this make people happy? Because Almighty God has our best interest at heart. He tells us at Isaiah 48:17-18, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you.” — New International Version.
So what is best for us? Jesus Christ said at John 17:3, taking in knowledge of the only true God and the one whom He sent forth, Jesus, means everlasting life. That means Bible study. How does this benefit us right now?
If we search for knowledge, wisdom and understanding with the same diligence people search for hidden treasures, Proverbs 2:3-5 says we will find the very “knowledge of God.” This divine wisdom and knowledge can keep us out of trouble, protect us and show us the safest way to live. In turn, this will make us truly happy now and forever.
For example, Proverbs 4:24 says, “Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you.” — New American Standard Bible.
Could applying this advice help in avoiding problems and heartache on the Internet? Being deceitful ruins relationships. Can we strive to be more honest in our daily lives? This will make us feel better about ourselves. More importantly, it will make God feel better about us.
Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.” — Amplified Bible.
Wouldn’t we be more like God if we were more forgiving? Wouldn’t it be best not to tell others about how someone offended us but to forgive them and never bring it up again? How much better would a marriage or friendship be if we started applying this counsel?
Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.” — Contemporary English Version.
Ask yourself, which type person do you prefer to be around — a proud or jealous person or someone humble who seems to value you more than themselves? Why not choose to be the person you yourself would value? You’ll be a person God chooses as His friend. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” — New International Version.
Millions have benefited by applying the Bible’s counsel at Titus 3:2, “To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” — New International Version.
Could this be the year we turn our lives around by praying to God more? Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” — New Living Translation. James 4:8 says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” — New Living Translation. Drawing close to God in daily prayer has made millions happier.
Mark 11:25 says, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” — New King James Version.
For genuine forgiveness from God that relieves guilt feelings, can we be more forgiving from the heart? This frees us from any dark mental anguish, sleepless nights and bitterness of soul that plagues people who hold grudges. Being forgiving lightens our load and is good for the heart.
Ephesians 5:3-4 says, “Let fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be mentioned among you, just as it befits holy people; neither shameful conduct nor foolish talking nor obscene jesting, things which are not becoming, but rather the giving of thanks.” — New World Translation.
By being careful to use wholesome speech, avoiding profanity or dirty jokes, we become a more refreshing person to be around and a source of encouragement for others to do the same.
By reading and applying the wisdom found in God’s Word, every waking hour, every passing day, every month and every new year will be a happier one.
Then on one glorious day in the future, Revelation 21:3-5 says God will end all the things that bring His people sorrow and pain, including death, and make all things new. Then every year will truly be a happy new year.
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