November 4, 2009 at 8:02 Leave a comment

When I was in college at Geneva I minored in Philosophy and studied John Stuart Mill who said, the motivation of people to work or spend their money was to make them happy.  He reasoned that all people wanted to be happy will do just about anything to get it.

However, happiness does come to us when looking for it. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Do you see your self as a needy person who needs a Savior?

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Do we mourn for our sin for others sin, and for the injustice in our world?

Blessed are the meek,  for they will inherit the earth.

Do we not resent adversity because we accept everything as being the effect of God’s wise and loving purpose for them, so that they accept injuries from men also, knowing that these are permitted by God for their ultimate good?          

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Do we desire above all else to live a righteous life, to obey God’s law and depend on Christ’s righteousness to make us righteous.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Do we show mercy toward those who offend us or mercy to those we down upon.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Do we realize that we have impure hearts and therefore turn to Jesus to cleanse our hearts from all sin?

Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called sons of God.

Do we not cause detentions in the Church or our families or do we seek the peaceful way out of a difficult struggle with someone else?

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Do we count it a privilege to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ?

Blessed are you when people insult you , persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.    Matthew 5:3-12

Do we become glad that suffer for Jesus Christ because a great reward awaits us in the new world?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.    Galatians 22-23

Read the Word of God and study it day and night.  Pray often, Paul tells up us to pray without ceasing.  Forgive people quickly.  Repent of your sins quickly.  Share your faith.  Be gentle and helpful to the poor showing no favoritism.  Learn to serve others without getting any credit for it.  Ask God for wisdom and he will give it to you.  Ask God to give you the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  He is already do it, but asking him to do it brings him pleasure.

As we live under the Grace that Christ gives new every day and living the Christian life as keep instep with the Holy Spirit we will find not only happiness but also joy and peace.


Entry filed under: Grace.

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