The Secret to a Happier Life is…

Our surroundings can have a profound effect on our lives and the world is insanely difficult at times. If you watch any news at all the weight of that alone is enough to depress even the most optimistic of us. Even political ditto heads like myself have to turn it off every so often to gain some perspective and get away from all the negativity. Unfortunately, we do have to be in the world even if we aren’t of it and so we must engage the culture and try to shake off the bad news to work for a better future. However, even though we can’t control world events from our small circle of influence, we can at least do something to improve our interaction with each other.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we are bullied or mistreated by those around us. I have been in more than a few of those situations. Whether at school or work, the people we come in contact with can be cruel. This makes it easy to become depressed and disillusioned. Why does God let these things happen to us?

Life is hard and Jesus promised to always be with us, but never that this life would be easy. We all know this, but it doesn’t take the sting away and theologians have written countless words to explain why bad things happen to good people, so I won’t tackle that issue here. Instead of asking why bad things happen, maybe we should focus on what our response should be.

The the next time somebody hurts you remember that the Bible says to:

  • Forgive – Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Notice this is not an option, but a commandment.
  • Pray for them – Luke 6:28 “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.”

This is not easy and it’s a case where I wrote it down to solidify it in my own mind. By forgiving we are obedient to God and our perspective changes from being persecuted to taking joy in doing his work.

A pastor once told me that “Nothing of eternal significance happens apart from prayer”. If your situation is such that you have enemies encompassed about, forgiveness with prayer is the proper response.

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