Sep 13, 2020 | Chad Selph
Blessings for the Hurting
This week we continue our series Beyond#Blessed. In an unhappy world, how can we find blessing and happiness beyond those brief moments of #Blessed? The second of Jesus’ Beatitudes may be the hardest to understand, “Blessed are they who mourn.” Many of us have a long list of things we are mourning for this year - Weddings, funerals, graduations, vacations, school life, work life and normal life have all been disrupted. How can we find blessing in our hurts and sufferings?
As Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount, describing what it looks like to follow Him and live for Him, He began with the secret of happiness...of living a blessed life. It wasn’t at all what people then or now would expect. Happiness is not a by-product of external circumstances. It comes instead from a right relationship to God.