True Happiness

By Kurt Selles

May 31, 2024

What makes a person happy? Are you a happy person? What does the Bible teach about happiness?

The Bible encourages us to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). When everything is going well, it can be easy to feel happy and even joyful. But we can also have joy despite struggles and tough times that we may face in our lives. That’s because true joy is found only in the Lord God our Savior.

In the Bible, the word that is often translated as “blessed” can also mean “happy.” This can help us to see that being blessed refers to happiness that we experience when we live close to God and follow God’s way of living. The God who has made us, loves us, and calls us to enjoy life to the full has provided the way to happiness through Jesus. He came to save us from sin and death, and through him we can have eternal life, filled with love and joy in the presence of God forever.

God is intimately committed to our happiness. Seeking to live God’s way each day, in the name of Jesus, will bring abundant joy into our lives, to the glory of God.

This month’s author, Hernandes Dias Lopes, is the Portuguese language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He also serves as director of Luz Para o Caminho (“Light for the Way”), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Rev. Lopes travels around the world to preach and teach the Bible. He and his wife, Udemilta (Tinha), live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and have two children.

As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of True Happiness here or download the full PDF.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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