This week we have been talking about the world’s view of success or happiness vs. God’s view of success which calls for holiness. Happiness is largely dependent on external circumstances and can be easily stolen when things don’t go “my” way. Holiness, on the other hand, is largely dependent on the Holy Spirit and His work in and through my life, independent of my circumstances. Happiness can be fleeting and can fade. Holiness is settled and firm and guaranteed by God. Happiness is largely for my benefit in the short term. Holiness, coupled with living in peace, is for the long haul and will benefit others as well. So, which will you choose, happiness or holiness?
Questions for further thought:
1. How often have you made decisions based on immediate gratification rather than what you need in the long run? Think of some examples.
2. How have you seen sin play a part in which path you choose, happiness or holiness? What have been the effects of these choices?
Evaluate the long range effects of your decisions and actions. It may surprise you what you discover.
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