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Happy All The Time

I had 2 statements made to me and I'd like your opinion please? First, Does God want us to be happy 24/7? If you say yes, what about "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." 2nd was: You can't walk by the Spirit 24/7. Oh yes you can. Which is right? Can you or can't you?

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I don't think anyone here would suggest that Jesus did not walk in the spirit. However, there were also quite a few times when he was NOT happy: when he called Peter "Satan", when he called the Pharisees vipers, when he overturned the moneychangers's tables in the temple, when he cursed the fig tree in anger, when he wept on hearing of Lazarus's death, and when he sweat blood at Gethsemane.

(If you can imagine Jesus doing any of these things while simultaneously grinning from ear to ear - that image is truly creepy!)

If Jesus was not happy 24/7, you can rest assured that it is fine (and in fact inevitable) that we won't be happy 24/7 either.
---StrongAxe on 3/7/11

happiness means that the feeling is based on is circumstantial..on the other hand God wants us to be joyful always-inspite of our circumstances in life.I think God is more concern with our spiritual growth rather than our if our mourning will make us grow-then for sure God will chose us to mourn for a leap of faith.and during the time we mourn_God is there to comfort us.It is usually in our mourning that we feel weak and turn to God for help.walking by the Spirit is by choice.its a moment by moment its up to us what to choose between flesh and spirit
---mj on 3/6/11

"Happy" has too many meanings to pin down a pat answer. If you define it not as self-satisfied but as contented, Paul wrote that he had learned to be content in every circumstance, and "in every thing give thanks. Jesus said "In the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer/courage, I have overcome the world" John 16:33. A good topic to research!
---Geraldine on 3/4/11

I suppose it depends on what you means by "happy."

Happiness, some say, is a choice.

Joy (not the same thing) is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus wishes to give us the joy that no man (or circumstance) can take from us.

As far as walking by the Spirit 24/7, I would say this is part of METANOIA, which is a lifestyle, not just a once in a life-time event. Learning to walk by the Spirit 24/7 is what Theosis, as Orthodox call it, is all about.

I could really confuse you by talking about what Orthodox writers call "joy producing morning," but I won't.
---Cluny on 3/4/11

Happiness comes from happinings. Being happy depends on your situation. When Jesus left his hometown Matt 13:53 he was not happy. Also in many other instances. God allows tradegy to make us grow and those times we are not happy.
---Scott on 3/3/11

I know God wants us to be obidient,and realistically how can anyone be happy all the time,even jesus cried,and yes you can walk by the spirit all the time,but veing human you will still make bad decisions.
---tom2 on 3/3/11

Consider this paraphrase.

"Blessed are they that" understand/know SORROW (not forced "compassion") and know how to cry/'feel for' others (sorrow that people suffer INJUSTICES)...this is "LIVING water" (John 7:38). Is YOUR spirit/attitude compatible with GOD'S spirit?...if so, it is because you have been a good listener when GOD'S SPIRIT (not the book/text) has taught you what it means to "suffer" (if you have ever "endured" suffering instead of copped out to a 'pity party')...

"it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit".

...(God's spirit able to witness to your own?)...WHENEVER you suffer for goodness, you suffer/endure for HIS SAKE (Matthew 10:22).
---more_excellent_way on 3/3/11

It is possible with God, but impossible for men, to walk in the Spirit, 24/7. But in Isaiah 58:11, it says, "The LORD will guide you continually". But if He guides me, what does "me" include? My thinking, my feelings, emotions, how I react, how I relate with God, how I relate with people, where my attention goes . . .
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/3/11

If happiness is a state one can live in, then it's true. But if happiness is an event, then it isn't true. You decide.
---John.usa on 3/3/11

Walking after the Spirit is to peruse the spirits leading and prompting that urges us to forsake the flesh and our lusts and follow after Righteousness.

You can not walk in your lusts and the Spirit.

Ro 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Ga 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Ga 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

God Bless, Paul
---paul on 3/3/11

So God is happy ALL the time now?
---Jasheradan on 3/4/11

I feel that even in our sadness we have a peace that surpasses all human understanding. It comes from God to His children. So in that way of thinking you can be happy all the time. We as Christians do walk in the Spirit 24/7 because God is always with us. Even when we fail, it's the Spirit that reveals our shortcomings & causes us to repent. Walking in the Spirit DOES NOT mean walking in perfection. It means walking in God's love & God guidance through out your life. Only the born-again believer has that.
---Reba on 3/3/11

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