There is little argument that depression is systemic throughout our culture. People are discouraged for various reasons. Generally, it will have something to do with our self-worth. Because information is so abundant through computerized electronic’s, fake or real, we have a tendency to measure ourselves against what we read or see. Instant fulfillment can be fleeting, and result in mood swings that rob us of true happiness. What we need in our life is something we can depend on in times of despair when we feel helpless. The Latin word for happiness is Beatitude. One day Jesus gathered his followers together and taught them what it takes to be happy in a world of uncertainty. He showed them 8 blessings they could depend on if they lived by faith and not by what they see or read on their cell phones. “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”(Heb. 11:1) It is the spiritual assurance that in the end, we are winners no matter how bleak our lives may appear to be. These 8 blessings are known as the Beatitudes.
First, it is important to understand that happiness is a mindset and not a feeling. If you live by faith you can be in distress and still be content. Jesus comforted his followers with these 8 promises that lead to happiness.
“Happiness belongs to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them.”
“Happiness” belongs to those who are discouraged, God will comfort them.”
“Happiness belongs to those who are humble. They will rule the earth.”
“Happiness belongs to those who want to do right more than anything else. God will fully satisfy them.”
“Happiness belongs to those who forgive others. Forgiveness will be given to them.”
“Happiness belongs to those whose thoughts are pure. They will inherit the kingdom of God.”
“Happiness belongs to those who work to bring peace. God will call them his sons and daughters.”
“Happiness belongs to those who suffer persecution for doing what is right.
God’s kingdom belongs to them.”(Matt. 5:3-11)
These 8 promises are for people who are willing to accept Gods word as the universal truth. By faith, they look beyond the present into the world to come. Jesus was clear when he said in this world we will have trouble. “ I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We should not be surprised when trouble comes our way, we should rejoice and be happy knowing Heaven is our reward. For more about the world to come read “Beam me up Commander” it's free.