“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
– Psalm 34:12-14
Yesterday, we talked about how we have a fundamental need to be good and how doing so is only truly possible through rebirth in Jesus Christ. Today, I want to discuss why I believe we possess an innate desire for goodness. I think many of us go through life with the perspective that we should live uprightly because it’s what God wants from us and because society needs our example of righteousness. While this is certainly true, I’m convinced that there’s a bit more to it. Though it hasn’t been commonly taught, I think we want to be good people because we innately know that goodness and happiness go hand-in-hand. In other words, we understand that living our best life is dependent upon behaviors that don’t conflict with the image of God inside of us. This is where the devil constantly seeks to cause problems. While choosing uprightness unlocks the door to inner-peace, the enemy perpetually tries to convince us that the opposite is true. He tempts us with glittery packages that promise satisfaction, fun, and amusement, and he wraps them up in the illusion of happiness. However, like our Lord, he knows that we are designed for righteousness and that when we forsake temporary pleasures for the sake of long-term tranquility, we experience the joy-filled, abundant life Jesus died to give us.
My friend, Jesus wired you for goodness because He loves you! Your Savior is full of joy, and He delights in leading you to the riches of His Kingdom; however, they are only accessible on the narrow road to righteousness. Though it may sound like dancing with the dinosaur, embracing integrity is the key to the happiness you truly desire. When you behave in ways that go against the image of God within you, you cause yourself great harm, even if it feels good at the time. Thankfully, since you have surrendered your life to Christ and entrusted Him with your future, you are empowered to emulate Him in attitude, action, and character. As you do, you will inherit a divine happiness that naturally spills over to others.
Jesus, teach me to walk in integrity so I can attain divine happiness.
Do you see a correlation between goodness and happiness in your life? How?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.