My kids love the song! They said it makes them ‘feel good’. My wife loves this song. Who doesn’t love this song? Furthermore, who doesn’t love feeling happy? Do you want to be happy? Jesus said happy people share 8 common traits.
‘HAPPY’ PEOPLE HAVE…
1. NOTHING TO OFFER
Because we are ‘poor in spirit’ and because God needs nothing from us, the happiest people admit they have nothing to offer God and everything to receive from Him. Admitting we have nothing to offer God means we stop thinking we’re doing God a favor when we pray or serve Him. We’re blessed, most happy, when we simply come to God out of weakness and need. God promises us heaven if we trust in Jesus.
2. NOTHING TO LOSE
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” – Jesus
Happy people know little of ‘unhealthy pressure or anxiety’ that comes from worrying about what might happen and what you might lose. Happy people know that even if something they have ‘goes away’, God will replace it with something better. God promises to comfort us.
3. NOTHING TO PROVE.
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” – Jesus
Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is ‘strength under control’; like a racehorse guided and controlled by a rider. All of that horsepower is under guided control. That’s meekness. Meek people are happy people. They don’t walk around feeling like they constantly have to prove themselves. They know that the earth is their oyster (they inherit the earth). God promises we can find happiness here on earth.
4. NOTHING TO DOUBT.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” – Jesus
The best people long for justice. They want to become a person of honor who does what is right not just what is easy or popular. And they should not doubt that they will find that God rewards them for their desire to be and do good. God promises to fill them.
5. NOTHING TO JUDGE.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” – Jesus
It’s not my job to condemn others. Only God holds the keys to heaven and hell. Therefore, I know that because I am in constant need of God’s mercy toward me, I need to choose to show it toward others. It’s simple reciprocity: we tend to receive what we give out. A smile given is often met by a smile returned. Opening the door for someone else often results in someone opening a door for you. God promises we’ll be treated with mercy if we show it to others.
6. NOTHING TO HIDE.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Jesus
My Pastor, Bobby Edwards, used to say, “Live as if everything you do today is going to be read by everyone in the newspaper tomorrow morning.” In other words, live with integrity. Don’t keep a bunch of secrets. Be transparent. It’s the finest way to keep a clear conscience. God promises to let pure people see Him.
7. NOTHING TO CHANGE.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” – Jesus
Conflict in relationships often comes because people try to change each other instead of just accept one other. I love what Billy Graham’s wife once said upon being asked by a journalist about whether she had ever considered divorce. Ruth Graham quipped, “Divorce? No. Murder? Yes!” She quickly followed up by saying, “It’s not my job to change Billy. That’s God’s job. My job is to love Billy.” God promises peacemakers a godly reputation.
8. NOTHING TO FEAR
“Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” – Jesus
When you surrender to a cause greater than yourself, you willingly give all. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahatma Gandhi. Mother Theresa. Nelson Mandela. Billy Graham. Each of them faced difficulties in their respective causes: MLK to end racism, Gandhi to fee India, Mother Theresa to help the poor, Mandela to end Apartheid, and Billy Graham to spread the good news about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Once you’re willing to die for something, you’re ready to live for it! God promises reward for those who face persecution.
NTOffer + NTLose + NTProve + NTDoubt + NTJudge + NTHide + NTChange + NTFear = HAPPINESS