Yes, happiness is a VERY good thing. For those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus. Happiness has an even more magnificent meaning— blessed. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus lists the eight principles of “biblical happiness”— The Beatitudes.
- Blessed are the spiritually poor. The Kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Daddy’s Favorite)
- Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted. (It’s On!)
- Blessed are the meek and gentle. They will inherit the earth. (No Sand in These Eyes)
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They will be filled. (Preach It Baby)
- Blessed are the merciful. They will be shown mercy. (Let the Rivers of Mercy Flow)
- Blessed are those who are pure in heart. They will see God. (The Key to My Heart)
- Blessed are the peacemakers. They will be called children of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. The kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are the peacemakers. They will be called children of God.
What comes to mind when the word “peace” is mentioned? Isn’t it usually what it’s not? Peace isn’t war… conflict… fighting… riots… arguments… discord… controversy… tension… strife… confrontation… the absence of unity. Believers are to create and maintain Kingdom peace. A peace not defined by the absence of conflict or chaos but a state of being… a mindset… a life strategy. God’s peace is only available to those individuals who please Him by allowing Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. It’s HIS holiness and justice that creates, empowers and maintains peace. Jesus is the world’s one and only hope for harmonious— unified relationships between God and earth’s inhabitants… between individuals… between nations. Have you ever thought what God’s middle name would be if He had one? I think it would be Diversity. One has only to look at His creation to deduce this. Did you know that there are more than 8,000 species of ants… 10 million colors… 250,000 species of flowers… 5,000 ethnic groups? Evidently, the Creator isn’t satisfied with a single specimen of anything. This diversity that adds such beauty and wonder to our world frequently is the catalyst for conflict. Conflict that arises because humans have a propensity, a need to categorize— group individuals according to similarities or attributes such as age, economics, sex, weight, religious affiliation, ethnicity, sexual orientation to name but a few. By focusing on these differences. We disregard the Truth that all of mankind is from one bloodline— one set of parents and one God. Even within the church setting, many individuals feel they are on the outside looking in. Instead of a group of people from diverse backgrounds drawn together by supernatural unity, many churches are a breeding ground for discrimination and exclusion. Resulting in a Church that non-believers distrust because She doesn’t look like Jesus. She doesn’t love all, including the undeserving. For peace to reign, as believers we must intentionally love those outside our circle of influence. As we overcome our fear, ignorance and hostility and extend the loving hands of Christ to all. We demolish the barriers to unity and peace. Isn’t it time that all Christians became the answer to the prayer Jesus prayed so many years ago? “I pray they will be one Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. I pray that they also will be in us. So that the world will believe that You sent Me. I’ve given them the glory that You gave Me so that they can be one just as We are one. I’m in them and You are in Me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that You sent Me and that You have loved them just as You loved Me.” Until us believers quit talking about Christ’s love and start loving those He sends across our path. Our Papa’s name will continue to be slandered and evil, not peace reigns in this world.
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!