Here’s the Answer
Pleasure is fleeting, but happiness is something deeper that we experience when we live outside of ourselves. Here’s how to get there.
John 13:15-17 NLT
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
If you want to be happy, you can’t seek your personal pleasures, you have to seek God’s purpose for you.
Hebrews 11:25 NLT
Moses gave up the riches of Pharoah’s kingdom to pursue God’s purpose for him. Instead, he chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Pleasure vs. Happiness
Pleasure is a momentary feeling that comes from something external.
Happiness is a state of mind, rather than a reaction to external stimuli.
Philippians 4:11 NLT
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
You can’t find happiness through pleasure!
Genesis 29:32-35 NLT
So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.” She soon became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She named him Simeon, for she said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.” Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi, for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!” Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah, for she said, “Now I will praise the Lord !” And then she stopped having children.
Pleasure = External; Happiness = Internal
Pleasure, the focus is only one’s self; Happiness, the focus is on others as well as ourselves.