Happiness Is Not Pleasure And Pleasure Is Not Happiness
"You who love the Lord, hate evil!"
It might be a surprise to some that the word "hate" is something we are commanded to do. It's very important though, to understand HOW we are to hate. Simply put, we are to hate evil.
Many do not understand just how evil evil is. Evil is the opposite of all that God is. Evil is sin and we are to hate, to abhor, to flee from sin - because sin is a destroyer. When it manages to ensnare a person, its object is to destroy that person. Some people toy with evil - they think dabbling in it "a little" is not so bad. Oh how they do not understand. There is nothing in any sin however "small," that has any other object than to further the destruction of the human being, whether through the law of sowing and reaping, or whether to put the person in danger of judgment.
"But each one is tempted when he is DRAWN AWAY
by his own desires and ENTICED.
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin,
and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death."
There is no happiness in sin. Sin provides pleasure by its very nature - otherwise no one would sin, would they? Satan presents sin to a person as pleasure, and very few can resist pleasure - until they understand that that pleasure is fleeting, and it can never bring true happiness. Happiness is not pleasure, and pleasure is not happiness.
When a person is finally overcome with sin, the lack of happiness in it will slowly dawn on him and he may begin to realize he has been duped.
When a man realizes he's close to being destroyed, then perhaps he will turn to the God of salvation. Often it's only in a state of destruction that some will call upon the Lord. And one of the first things he will learn from God is that the fear of the Lord is what will lead him to the happiness he sought in all the wrong places.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding;
for by me your days will be multiplied,
and years of life will be added to you.
He will learn the hard way that there is only one thing in life that he is to hate - and that is to hate evil.
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;"
Once he understands that and chooses to seek the salvation of God, the Lord will begin transforming him in love and righteousness and holiness, and in that transformation he will come into a true happiness he never knew before. When one who has been deep into evil comes to experience the joy in goodness, his heart will swell in praise to God for the transformation within which brings a totally unexpected but very real "joy unspeakable and full of glory."
He who has been forgiven much - loves much when he has experienced a kind of love he never dreamed possible! Turn from your sin and humble yourself before God, and you will find in him that kind of love, the love and happiness you will rejoice in for all eternity