Summary: How to be happy in life.
Happiness – Matthew 5:1-12
I see the passage in Matthew 5:1-12 as a guide to happiness! This passage challenges us to live beyond ourselves. To make a choice! In our lesson today, we’ll explore that choice and how to choose wisely! Do you want to be happy? I know you do!
Definition of Blessed:
1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified. 2. worthy of adoration. 3. divinely or supremely favored.
4. blissfully happy or contented.
1. Happiness Thrives on an Eternal Perspective!
a. Matthew 5:1-6 – How do you react to yourself, to Life and to God’s will?
ii. Mourn – Like Jeremiah who wept over the spiritual emptiness/ sinfulness of his people. Luke 19:41-44
iii. Meek – Or gentle. (Not Weak) “self-controlled”
iv. Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness – Psalm 63:1
b. Those frustrations melt away when you stay focused on heaven!
c. Easier said than done!
d. “The Christian life is a constant and daily vigil to prevent the temporal and perishable from crowding out the eternal and imperishable.” – Bud Bayless
e. Hebrews 12:1-2 – Jesus ability to overcome was dependent on His vision!
f. 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 – Takes pleasure in troubles?? Yep!
2. Happiness is Anchored in Empathy!
a. Matthew 5:7-9 – Relating to others in their pain is a duty of Christians!
i. Merciful - accept apologies, never return evil for evil!
ii. Pure - refusing to join others in sin! Colossians 3:1-11
iii. Peacemaker – James 3:18
b. Luke 6:31 – Do unto others…
c. Romans 12:15 – When they are up, you get up! When they are down, you help them struggle and then pull them back up!
3. Happiness Empowers even in adversity!
a. Matthew 5:10-12 – Persecution cannot steal your joy!
i. Persecuted for Righteousness sake – Ever happened to you? Should it?
b. 1 Peter 4:12-16 – God is glorified by how you react to adversity!
c. Acts 5:41-42 – What have you done that causes your heart to celebrate in your faith? They were “counted worthy to suffer shame in His name” & it caused them to celebrate!
d. Anne Frank – “Considering all that other people have dealt with, and all that others are going through, I know that I am blessed to have what I have, and that knowledge gives me the strength to endure my adversities.”
e. “Today I choose to be happy, I possess a grateful spirit.” (Andy Andrews, Travelers Gift)
You can be Happy, by possessing an eternal focus, empathy towards others and an attitude of gratitude for all He has done for you, even in times of trouble!