Romans 12:15: “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”

About happiness we read in the book of Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 7:14):

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.”

This indicates two things:

  • Wealth and possessions do not necessarily promote happiness;
  • Happiness is a gift from God;

Gifts are supposed to be unconditional – at least God’s gifts are, otherwise it’s not a gift but a bribe. The nature of God’s gifts: they are genuine. God is real and so are His gifts. While we encounter fake love and fake joy on too many occasions, God’s gifts are the real McCoy – a joy that’s deep, a hope that endures, and a love that lasts.

On that note (the love note that is), delving into the Bible I found 686 references to the word “love”, compared to around 20 findings of the word “happy”. This goes to show that pursuing the love theme comes first with happiness being more of a side effect of walking with God.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans we surmise that happiness is a thing to be shared – without ignoring people going through hard times. (Romans 12:15):

“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”

As Jesus multiplied the bread and fish an unnamed boy offered to share, so our joy multiplies when we share our happiness with other people. It might be a paradox, and yet it’s true. Who wants to celebrate a party of one? Who wants to rejoice alone about a victory won? It is almost grotesque to imagine a lone happy person. Happiness is meant to be experienced together and then it multiplies, on the other hand shared sorrow alleviates our soul and makes our pain a little less hard to bear.

So share your time, your gifts, your affections and you’ll be amazed. It’s almost like magic. You’d be surprised how everything multiplies. You suddenly have more time, more gifts to give, more love to share. And watch out – happiness might be just around your corner!

“Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do”   Pharrell Williams

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