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).

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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).

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While the article itself is good I believe the one statement "true Christians are always happy" does a disservice to new growing Christians. Especially during a testing phase. This can be a point where they're likely to start questioning their salvation. They don't yet know the Word enough. Please consider removing that line for the sake of a growing Christian who needs assurance through trials that God does love them and not to doubt their salvation.

I thank God for the gift of you people over there at Guideposts. Your daily spiritual word has worked miracles in my life. Daily you have inspired me, uplifted me, consoled me and strengthened me. I have for three years now had a miserable life afte my wife for 23 years eloped with another man, and my three elder children abandoned me. I was left helpless, old and penniless, for my former wife took all our savings. Your daily word has always been my comfort and joy. Indeed, «I cad all yhings in Christ who gives me strength». God bless you most abundantly. AUGUSTNE CAESAR SSERWADDA from Uganda, East Africa.

Praying for you, Augustine.