What is a “Discipline?” This word has several meanings, it can be used as a noun or a verb, and it is often defined by the larger context when used in a phrase or sentence. The use of it in this devotional is along the lines of dictionary.com’s 11th definition (there are 12 definitions listed!):
“to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control”
What is “Happiness?” Happiness, joy, and rejoicing are usually thought of as spontaneous expressions of heart-felt emotions, but they are much more. They are also deliberate expressions of heart-embraced truth. Most of the Feasts in the Laws of the Old Testament commanded the people to “Rejoice in the Lord,” a deliberate act of rejoicing that was based upon their recognition of a particular truth about God and His provisions.
Jesus told the parable of a woman who asked others to help her rejoice:
“… suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she… search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together… ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’”
~ Luke 15:8-9
Happiness (joy, rejoicing) doesn’t have to come only from spontaneous emotions. We can exercise happiness through a deliberate recognition of the goodness of God in our lives. When the scripture says “Rejoice in the Lord,” it is a self-disciplined pattern or lifestyle.
Being happy on the outside is not being phony or fake. It is a self-discipline with a greater objective: to help guide our daily walk in conscious and deliberate agreement with the truths of God that truly do lead to times of spontaneous expressions of happy emotions.
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