So You Want To Be Happy?
It is not that Christians do not experience sadness. We do. Christians have every emotion non-Christians have; ultimately we are human. The difference as expressed in Scripture is that those in Christ live in a state of happiness, even while experiencing the wide gamut of emotions that are common to all people. “Be angry and sin not” (Ephesians 4:26) is the state of Christians. Paul and Silas singing and praying in prison after being beaten and falsely imprisoned is the state of Christians (Acts 16:25). Happiness is not the avoidance of pain, suffering or even death. It is the state of those in Christ, in spite of all those things.