“Blessed are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!
“Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God!
“Blessed are those who work for peace; God will call them his children” (Matthew 5:7-9)!

While everyone wants happiness, few discover its path. Most think it is to be found in the fulfillment of our inward desires and wants. The occasional, selfless soul, however, discovers that happiness is a by-product realized in an outward focus directed toward the benefit of others.

The word “blessed” means “happy” or “fortunate.” Happiness is found in offering mercy when everyone else stands ready to condemn. Those truly happy have a pure, single-minded devotion to the things of God. These happy and fortunate souls are a people of action, working for peace, not sitting idly by hoping it will just happen. It’s only as we think outside of ourselves that we stand any chance of discovering the path to a blessedly happy life.

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