If you recall, last week, we discussed how to be happy by changing our attitude and using the Beatitudes found in Matthew as a guide. There are actually only eight verses considered Beattitudes in the Bible, but I’ve also included Matthew 5:11-12. I feel they are just as important as the rest, and while Matthew 12 doesn’t begin with “blessed,” Jesus used the word “rejoice” which is a good way to be blessed.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. We should not only live with good in our hearts but try to give that peace to others. If we pass on our joy, others will be happy also, which in turn should make us pleased.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. If you are being tormented for being a Christian, then be happy. God wants you to know that you will find a spot in Heaven. That should put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. As a Christian, you will find people who will lie about you and say evil things against you. Take a step back and realize that the only reason the evil one is going against you is because God has wonderful plans for you in the future.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. I can’t think of anything that should make you happier than the thought of spending eternity with Jesus.
Attitude is a feeling you have towards a person, place, or thing. You can change your attitude by learning more about something or by making a decision to be happy. That is what the Beatitudes are about. Adjusting your attitude to live a happier life.
I hope you enjoyed these past two blogs on the Beatitudes. I pray it leads you to a happy, fulfilling week.
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