The Bible's Secret Joy

God's Word is a reliable source of direction to lead you to happiness.

By Norman Vincent Peale

It has been assumed by some who do not know, that Christianity is a gloomy religion. But that’s not what the Bible shows us! Book after book, page after page, it give us reasons to be joyful.

It may seem odd that Christianity’s chief emblem is the Cross, a symbol of suffering. But, in a higher sense, the Cross is the symbol of glorious victory. Faith in the Cross of Christ gives victory and cleanness and salvation, and therefore true Christians are always happy. They are constantly rejoicing. “Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!" (Philippians 4:4).

Featured Product

The Daily Life Bible

The Daily Life Bible

This precise, faithful new translation is made easier to read and easier to understand.

One reason for Christians’ happiness is their wonderful relationship with a good God. So loving is the heavenly Father that we are not to be fearful and hesitant about life.

“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks” (Philippians 4:6). Do this joyfully and lovingly and with true faith, and great things will come to you.

The rest of this 4th chapter in Philippians outlines just how wonderful your life can be. “The peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus” (verse 7).

Then comes a list of the things we are to think about and make vital in our lives. If our thoughts are filled with truth and holiness and justice and purity, we will have God’s peace (verse 8).

So great and meaningful is the sense of Christ’s presence that, when we have this greatest of all possessions, we will also have an awareness of spiritual power. Then we are ready to make that most astonishing affirmation: “I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength” (verse 13).

Christianity opens the way to joy and victory, and the secret is simply this: Live with Christ. Then, as the Apostle Paul says, “My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus” (verse 19).