Can Christians Be Happy?

Are Christians allowed to be happy in this life? I mean – is God okay with Christians being happy? There is a lot of doom and gloom in the world. There is a lot of negativity towards Christians and the Christian worldview today (and throughout history). Maybe a better question is: how can Christians be happy on this side of eternity?

Dr. David Murray answers some of those questions in his new book The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. If you would like to get a taste of The Happy Christian, consider the bundle of his companion books, with a little over 800 pages and a smaller price tag, A Bundle of Joy: Six Books On Christian Happiness.

I think there are a lot of unhappy Christians walking around and it affects our witness in our everyday lives. I know because I can be an unhappy Christian. I get it, but when I realize where I am I then fight for joy by getting myself out of Jesus’ way.

An unhappy, joyless attitude may reflect where we are with our affections for Jesus Christ. Consider an excerpt from A Bundle of Joy out of the chapter “Jesus Shares His Happiness.”

Why Are You So Happy?

When we come across a happy person, we ask them, “Why are you so happy?” and they’ll usually tell you about something that they just saw, heard, or thought about.

So what was there in the run up to John 17: 13 that made Jesus so happy that he spoke of “My joy”?

  • The joy of God’s presence (v. 1).
  • The joy of God’s sovereignty (2).
  • The joy of God’s salvation (2, 8).
  • The joy of knowing God (3).
  • The joy of glorifying God on the earth (4).
  • The joy of doing God’s work (4).
  • The joy of God’s heavenly glory (5).
  • The joy of communicating God’s Word (6, 8, 13, 14).
  • The joy of God being obeyed (6).
  • The joy of God’s election (9-10).
  • The joy of God’s preservation (11-12).

This is a multi-dimensional, super-abundant, over-flowing spiritual happiness that Jesus identified in Himself, and was enjoying so much that He looked at His disciples and prayed, “Father, give them this too. Transfer my joy to them. Share my happiness with them.”

And perhaps even more amazingly, this is a prayer Jesus is still praying for His people. Every Christian’s every smile, joy, and pleasure, is an answer to this prayer. Every Christian who is dejected and depressed is being prayed for in this way by their great High Priest.1

I appreciate Dr. Murray’s work on this topic and believe it helpful to the body of Christ.

Are you a happy Christian? How does your joy in Christ affect your daily attitude?

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  1.  Murray, David (2015-05-26). A Bundle of Joy: Six Books On Christian Happiness (Kindle Locations 394-405). HeadHeartHand Media. Kindle Edition.

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1 Angie Ralph June 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Yes I think Christians should be happy in this life.And yes there is an overwhelming amount of gloom and doom and people that don’t want to hear the truth about if yhey do wrong what’s going to happen to them.i am a Christian and very honored to be one.And I hope people that reads this will know the choice is theres.Its just that alot of people just choose to let this life bring them down.In fact the Bible says these things will come about and as Christians we should know that He is coming back for us to take us away from this. We as Christians get bombard daily with things we can’t do because it will offend others but if your anything else but Christians nobody should say anything to offend your lifestyle or other beliefs. Lol ya I know makes no sense to me either but Christians hang in there please He will return!!!

2 Trish Quintana June 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Yes, us Christians can be happy in this lifetime. When you give yourself to the Lord, His peace and his presence is like nothing this world can offer. I am a Christian, more importantly, a follower, and a child of God. I am very happy. I have a great life, thanks to my Jesus!

3 Henry July 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. as part of your email signature.

An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email programs will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.


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