What Makes a Happy Disciple?

~~ Matthew5:1-12 (NIV84) ~~  The Beatitudes.  (Click the scripture link to read the full passage.)

The word ‘Beatitude’ comes from the Latin word ‘beatitudo’ meaning ‘blessedness’. The dictionary defines it as ‘supreme blessedness or happiness’.

Oh Happy Day! 
A couple of years ago God used my biggest trauma to give me a wonderful blessing. When I was in the midst of these terrible times, I certainly didn’t feel blessed. I felt far from God. When I want to feel close to Jesus, I picture myself sitting by a cozy fire laughing and drinking cocoa with Him. How awesome it must have been for the disciples to be able to sit with Him and learn.

We are to Give Thanks 
When we hear the words ‘blessings or happiness’, our minds do not conger up pictures of being poor in spirit, mournful, or meek; and certainly not persecution. However, that’s what Jesus tells us that it takes to reach that supreme level. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) says, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Getting the Blessings 
If we are to ‘know’, ‘grow’, and ‘serve’ as disciples we need to be like Jesus. We need to:
  • Humbly recognize our need for God
  • Mourn for our sins
  • Submit to God
  • Have a deep enthusiasm for righteousness
  • Show mercy through forgiveness, kindness, and compassion
  • Be pure in heart
  • Be at peace with God through Jesus
  • Be daring enough to be open about our love for Jesus, despite the consequences.
That’s what makes a happy, and richly blessed, disciple.

Let’s Pray 
~~ Dear God ~~  , loving and merciful Father, so very often we forget to look to You when we are going through tough times. We want to be Jesus’ disciples, and we want the blessings, yet we don’t follow the rules He gave us. Thank You for Your Word, and for never giving up on us. Please help us to be like Jesus more and more every day. In Jesus name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 
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  1. thank you. Great

    1. Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you. HUGS

  2. OFGREENGABLESFebruary 15, 2013

    thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you. HUGS

  3. Amen! -- (Ejoy-) Evelyn

    1. Thank you Evelyn. I hope you're having a wonderful week. Many blessings to you. HUG.