Are You Blessed?

Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:4-7 HCSB

I feel richly blessed. I have a wonderful wife of 39 years, four loving children and five precious grandchildren. My home is comfortable and I have a car to drive. My health is sound and I live in a free country where I can read my Bible and worship God. My job affords me the opportunity to serve the Lord and His church. By worldly standards, I am richly blessed.

To be blessed as mentioned in these verses from Matthew describes a person who is happy or to be envied, a person who is filled with joy and satisfaction in God’s favor regardless of his outward worldly position or condition. This is an inner, spiritual happiness that only comes from God. Jesus told His disciples and those listening that those who mourn will be comforted, those with gentleness will inherit the earth, and those who seek righteousness will be filled with happiness and fulfillment.

Challenge: Do you feel happy and fulfilled in life? Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness? Ask God to bless you and use you to impact your world for Christ.

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