Is there a secret to happiness in The Sermon on The Mount? (Matthew 5)
I believe God wants us to be happy. Psalms 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” (Acts 2:28)
The Sermon on the Mount begins with a list that Jesus Christ gave us known as The Beatitudes. Each one of these eight or nine items begins with the word Blessed (Gr., Makarios meaning happy or blissful) The best word we have for this word today is “Happy.” We could read each phrase with the words, "Happy are those..."
Matthew 5:3-10 (Words of Christ) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
TO SUMMARIZE, THE PROMISED REWARDS IN THIS SERMON INCLUDE; REUNITING WITH GOD, INNER STRENGTH, A RICH ETERNAL INHERITANCE AND IMMORTALITY!
THIS RICH INHERITANCE RIVALS THE MELVIN DUMMAR STORY. Melvin was a gas station attendant who gave Howard Hughes, the billionaire, a ride in his car when he needed a lift. Later, because of one good deed, Melvin received an inheritance from the Howard Hughes estate in the amount of $156,000,000.
NOW, LET’S SUMMARIZE SOME OF THE THESE WINNING ATTITUDES THAT LEAD US TO GOD'S ENDURING HAPPINESS
The poor in spirit, meek, peacemakers and merciful all deny themselves for others.
Those who mourn (have given themselves to love deeply)
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness lay down their selfish desires.
The pure in heart, serve to please God.
Those persecuted for righteousness stand strong for God & don’t cave in to social pressure)
I SEE SOME COMMON DENOMINATORS IN THESE HAPPY ATTITUDES
I see evidence that our sinful and selfish tendency (where we all struggle) is put down.
Finally, there is love for God and others in these attitudes to which we should aspire.
BOTTOM LINE: BEING UNSELFISH, THAT-IS LIVING A LIFE OF GIVING AND LOVING, IS A PATHWAY TO THE LORD'S HAPPINESS THAT ENDURES. WHAT IF YOU TRULY FEEL UNHAPPY FOR GOOD REASON? THAT'S OKAY FOR A SEASON BUT WITH GOD'S HELP IT WILL BE TEMPORARY. (Ecclesiasties 3)
YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVING BUT YOU CANNOT LOVE WITHOUT GIVING. BE A GIVER. BE HAPPY.