Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1 – 26
Verse of the Day: Matthew 5:1 – 3 – “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Blessed – the word makários in the Greek means happy or fortunate. It used about 50 times in the New Testament to describe the kind of happiness that comes from having God’s favor.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus uses it nine times. I get the feeling that He is trying to teach us something. We can have true happiness by living in the favor of God, and He outlines different elements of life that will produce this.
Take some time today to review the Beatitudes (and the Sermon on the Mount) to re-discover how to have Divine Favor and inner happiness.
Prayer: Father, I desire to have this inner happiness that only comes from You. Amen.