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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Daily Devotional - Make Yourself Happy
So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people . . . . Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [hose who belong to God’s family with you, the believers.] —Galatians 6:10
Selfish people are the unhappiest people on the face of the earth. They suppose that joy is found in owning things and getting their way, yet they are deceived and do not know the truth. Real life does not exist in what we own but in what we give.
Selfishness is the most natural thing in the world to the human being. We don't have to even learn it: we’re born with it. If you don't agree, just watch how newborn babies act when you don't give them what they want when they want it. That type of behavior may be acceptable for babies, but it is not appropriate for grown men and women who are Christians.
Jesus teaches we must die to ourselves, to all of our own interests, ways and plans if we intend to be His disciples and truly live. Dying to them doesn’t necessarily mean we will never have them, it just means they will come in God’s way and timing if they are the will of God. Yes, there is a wonderful life available to every person willing to follow God fully, and it is provided through Jesus Christ and released through receiving and giving love.
The best decision anyone, especially an unhappy, unfulfilled person, can make is to live a lifestyle that is filled with loving thoughts, words and actions. When we reach out in love to others joy is released in our lives. God has not called us to "in-reach;" He has called us to "out-reach." Don't wait until you feel like doing something loving; start doing it on purpose.
Love Others Today: Reach out today and do something for somebody else, expecting nothing in return.