Scripture informs us of two different, diametrically opposed kinds of happiness. One springs forth from engaging in fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), whereas the latter comes from partaking in fleshly desires (Hebrews 11:25). What needs to be addressed here is the fact that allowing sin to have dominion over our lives is futile, and dangerous to the soul (Galatians 6:7-9). It is unprofitable for us. Fulfilling sinful lusts can only result in feeling finite, temporary satisfaction. In other words, surrendering our will to sin can only result in us feeling a self-deceptive perversion of happiness. Sin is defined scripturally to mean the breaking of God's commandments (1 John 3:4). It is a failure to live up to reality. It is a failure to appreciate the good things that God has designed for us. A sin addiction necessarily involves a repetitive cycle of engaging in that specific transgression. It is pointless to continue in that lifestyle because it can never satisfy the longings of the human soul. This is a form of selfishness and idolatry. Sinful lifestyles are a form of slavery and lawlessness. Quite simply, we cannot resort to a finite source to quench a longing that demands infinite fulfillment. We cannot have lasting happiness and fulfillment apart from God. It is only through Him that we even consistently adhere to objective moral laws. It is only through Him that we can have peace and order. Joy is not a byproduct of holiness, but rather is holiness itself (Psalm 1:1-3; Matthew 5:2-12). It can only be found in serving God according on His terms.
This essay has been written to explain what it means to be happy and our source of true and lasting happiness. Any happiness that we as Christians experience is centered around the Person and work of Jesus Christ. We are set free from sin through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. God is worthy of our dedication. Our joyous state should therefore be a positive reflection of our spiritual health. We should be striving to be holy as God Himself is holy. His desire that we be saved should be magnified through our preaching and character. This is true happiness. The world is not our home, and so we should not strive to live like the world. Sin can never result in happiness or fulfillment. Our hearts need to be right with God in order to experience eternal bliss.