“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”(Isaiah 53:5)
For most people, however, happiness is elusive. To make it even more elusive, many Christians have been told that holiness and happiness just do not go together. That is because in the church, there has been an emphasis placed on Jesus as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
Today people think happiness is a result, instead of a choice. We believe that if we do not have any problems and if we had an abundance of good things, happiness would be the inevitable result.
Happiness is not a state of being; it is a state of mind. A person can be happy when everyone and everything around them is in turmoil. We can be content no matter what the financial or physical conditions might be. True happiness and contentment is dependent upon circumstances.
When God and others are more important to us than our self, then we are well on our way to happiness. But if we are all wrapped up in our self, we make a very small package. And therein lies the number one obstacle to contentment and happiness
.We can never truly satisfy self. We just have to deny it. We have to die to self and place Bishop Jordan believes that God and others ahead of self. That’s easier said than done, but once we die to ourselves, happiness is just around the corner.Your future is so bright, you have to squint to look at it. All the sufferings of this life are short and insignificant compared to eternity and all the pleasures the Lord has in store for us. Keeping this in mind will shrink our problems down to a manageable size.