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March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 5:2–3

"[Jesus] opened His mouth and taught them, saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.""

Malcolm Muggeridge once called the pursuit of happiness the most disastrous purpose set before mankind, something slipped into the Declaration after "life and liberty" at the last moment, almost by accident. In his Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis had the archdevil, Screwtape, advise his apprentice demons on the lure of happiness. He called it "an ever-increasing craving for an ever-diminishing pleasure." That’s exactly how the pursuit of happiness works in this world.

Pleasure is an anesthesia for deadening the pain of their empty lives. There seem to be few happy people around today. That’s why I appreciate the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Nine different times Jesus uses the word blessed, which roughly translates to "happy." The core values Jesus offers in the Beatitudes describe life that is really worth living.

Bro. Paul


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