Week 1 - Joy // Day 6
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Many of our sermons, worship, and writings pity Jesus because of His suffering. He spoke of His own life, even with its persecutions, as a blessed, that is, a happy life. Consider the exhaustless sources of Jesus’ joy: His trust in His Father, His boundless hope for the future, His consciousness that He had found and was doing God’s will for Him, His sense of God’s approval on His life, and His knowledge that He was doing a great and abiding service for all people. Think of each of these in its application to your own life. Why couldn’t any one of us make our lives profoundly blessed in all these ways?