Jesus is the great teacher.  His words throughout the centuries have taught and comforted the world over.  During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to be happy.  He began at that point where we are ready to come to God our great provider: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  Heaven is the grandest gift of all.  Notice that God gives to those who have nothing. Notice that he gives the most to those who have the least.

            Being poor in spirit is the very lowest of lows.  Next: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Imagine having all of your emotional needs met.  The Spirit of God is the comforter. It is in God’s nature to comfort us.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  The earth is the third best gift.  Happy are they who inherit it by their meekness.  “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” These are all of the Christians who have put on Christ and walk after the Spirit.  They can’t help but be righteous, 1 John 3:7-9.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This is the center of happiness where the golden rule reigns supreme.  What you reap you sow and vice versa.  God has mercy enough for the whole universe.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Can you even imagine anyone who is pure of heart? Who? When? Where? I ask you would it not be all the children. Yes those babes who died in childbirth, or who were aborted, or who never saw the light of day?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”.  Peacemakers are selfless. They are shrewd negotiators.  They see the big picture.  They seek the good of the greatest number of people.  They trust God to make a way, a way for peace.  “Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Here we have come full circle, which tells me that the poor in spirit will very likely also be persecuted for righteousness.

            Jesus taught the multitude on the mountain: “Happy are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

So what does all of this happiness have to do with financial serenity?  If you are not worried about things on this earth, then money doesn’t matter.  You can be happy with God’s abundance.  Be happy with God’s Spirit in you, a life of meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.  This is beauty, to let the Spirit of God dwell in you richly.  Be filled.  Be blessed. Be a child of God.

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