Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Secret to Happiness

Everybody is intrigued by secrets. Just look at the magazines next to the Tic-Tacs at the checkout in the grocery store. They all offer up secrets in bold headlines: "THE SECRET TO HOLLYWOOD WEIGHT LOSS," "THE SECRETS TO A BETTER LOVE LIFE," "SECRET WISHES OF YOUR LOVER," ad nauseam. Now, I would NEVER buy one of those wicked magazines! But I sure would peruse one while waiting in that line. :<)

One kid defined a secret as something you tell to only one person at a time. Perhaps you remember what happens when E.F. Hutton talks?

Well, what I am about to write is really no secret at all, it has been available to us for a long time, but maybe I piqued your curiosity . So here it is, the secret to happiness... wait for it...

Perform God's commandments!

Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments...

And what are His commandments? Simple, all the law and the prophets are summed up in 2 commands, 1) love God with all you heart, soul and mind, 2) love your neighbor as yourself.

Aha! The secret is out. You will be blessed (made happy) by keeping these commandments of God, do what He says. Jesus told us that if we love Him, we would keep His commands. John emphasized that commandment to love one another.

Your happy life can begin even now as you read this. Part of the secret is this, you cannot find true and lasting happiness in making a good living, by acquiring things, by landing that perfect person as your significant other, or a thousand other things. You have to love God and love your neighbor. Jesus described who that neighbor is, by the way. It is the person God places in your path who is in need of your compassion.

So now you know the secret to happiness. Time to get started.

Other secrets to happiness:
Psa 2:12 Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psa 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psa 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
Psa 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Psa 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Isa 30:18 blessed are all they that wait for him.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn:
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek:
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful:
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart:
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers:
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
Mat 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

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