Friday, December 3 NL | BR

That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ. – Ephesians 4:20-21

Nowadays many relationships, marriages and friendships end because of the lie that human beings have the right to be happy. We feel that our relationship, our partner, our parents, children or friends have an obligation to make us happy. If this does not happen, they are blamed. The truth is that no human being on earth can give you true happiness. You will only find true happiness in the things God wants to do in your life. This misunderstanding is a major problem within the Church, in many families and marriages.

Take the marriage, for example. God never meant for your happiness to depend on your husband, wife or children. What will happen if the other person is suddenly not available any longer? As husband and wife, you should say to each other: ‘I love you, but my true happiness depends on my relationship with God.’ As a child you should say: ‘I love my parents, but even though they get a divorce, my happiness does not depend on them, because true happiness is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.’ It is so important for you to understand this in your life.

Our basic spiritual need

Every person has a basic need. This basic need consists of water, food and oxygen. A person cannot live without these three things. However, we forget that we also have a basic spiritual need. Of course, you should do your best to help each other to be happy. But without God, you cannot help with the spiritual need of your partner nor children. A person is able to comfort you in your grief, but every time you think about the problem, you will grieve again. You can push away feeling of emptiness through drink, drugs, sex, etc., but only God can give true happiness. He alone can give you eternal joy, peace and life.

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27).

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