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How to Have a Happy (Blessed) New Year

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010, at 11:06 AM

Most of us wish our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers a "Happy New Year". Most of us are probably familiar with the nine beattitudes recorded in Matthew 5:3-12 which begin Christ's Sermon on the Mount.

"Blessed" means happy in these verses. If we want to have a "Happy New Year", it would do well to incorporate these attitudes into our lives. Here are some comments on these nine beattitude:

1. "Happy are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." John Wesley, in his Notes on the New Testament, says that "poor in spirit" means to be aware of the sin in our lives and to be repentent of those before God.

2. "Happy are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted." Those who mourn have a godly sorrow for sins and failings in their lives and have a deep concern for the spiritual and material needs of others.

3. "Happy are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Wesley says the meek are those who "hold all their passions and affections evenly balanced."

4. "Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled." Hungering and thirsting for righteousness should be the attitude of the sinner seeking for salvation. It should be the attitude of the born again Christian seeking for entire sanctification or holiness. It should be the attitude of even the sanctified and mature Christian. We can never get enough of His righteousness!

5. "Happy are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Wesley says the merciful are "the tender hearted: they who love all men as themselves."

6. "Happy are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." To be pure in heart means to be holy or sanctified. Though we have the promise, "they shall see God", there is also the command to be pure or holy in order to see God. Thus it is of utmost necessity. To be holy is God's will for all Christians (IThess.4:3,7). Paul said, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which, no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). All of us were born into this world with a sin nature resulting from Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden. This is called the carnal mind in Romans 8:7. Now, we cannot make ourselves pure. in fact, we cannot even incorporate any of these attitudes into our lives without the grace and help of God. The disciples, on the Day of Pentecost, had their hearts purified by faith (Acts 15:9). "Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate" (Hebrews 13:12).

7. "Happy are the peace makers: for they shall called the children of God." Peace makers are those who make peace with others. Hebrews 12:14 says to "follow peace with all men." A person can be a peace maker by being willing to apologize, ask for forgiveness, and being willing to say, "I'm wrong." A person is a peace maker who forgives others and by giving others the benefit of the doubt.

8. "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Nobody should probably pray to be persecuted. But we should be willing to accept persecution for Christ's sake. There are many Christians in countries around the world who are under heavy persecution for their faith and testimony. We should pray for these brothers and sisters.

9. "Blessed are ye, 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." This refers to being falsely accused and hated for being a Christian. You can expect to accuations, misunderstandings, and even hatred from even family and friends when you follow Christ. He never promised everything would be easy, but He did promise us a reward in heaven.

Well, I have my work cut out for me! I pray that these will be my attitudes this new Year! I pray that you will have a Happy (Blessed) New Year!

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I think you did a wonderful job with this article. I think that these scriptures are often misquoted and misunderstood. You have, through God, provided a thoughtful, appreciated, and simple commentary on them.

Thank you

-- Posted by garye on Sat, Jan 1, 2011, at 8:57 AM

Thanks garye.

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Jan 3, 2011, at 3:03 PM

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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.