God Knows…When I Want to be Happy – Part 3
One day Jesus gave some secrets of happiness to his followers. The farmers and fishermen expected the Messiah to make them happy by creating an easier life for them. The scribes and Pharisees thought they’d be happy if Jesus led an army against the hated Romans. But Jesus’ idea of happiness was different than theirs. Jesus gave them a list of “Blesseds.” We can substitute the word “happy” for “blessed.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Happy is the person who knows he needs help in order to live right.
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” When we are sorry for our sins, we will turn away from them. When something makes us sad, we can be comforted by knowing that God can turn our problems into moments of growth and joy.
“Blessed are the meek.” Being meek as Jesus meant it does not mean letting people walk all over you. The meek person stays cool and self-controlled. Little things don’t get him down or make him blow his top. He trusts God, not himself. This gives him a strength the bully doesn’t have.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Those who make room in their hearts for Jesus will not be disappointed.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Being kind and forgiving to others will rebound. It will bring us happiness in return.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” If we keep our thoughts pure, our minds will be clear to understand God. Someday we can actually see Him.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” When Jesus gives us peace, we can share it with others. By loving instead of fighting, our happiness will grow.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We don’t need to get upset if we are misunderstood for following God’s way. The happiness of heaven is worth the short-term trouble of earth.
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If we choose Christ’s way, we will discover that what we “have” or “have not” doesn’t determine our happiness. The truest happiness is found in making Christ’s values our own.