How can I live a blessed life? That is a question that I think most of us ask ourselves regularly. We all want to be blessed and live a life that is meaningful and purposeful. The real question that I should ask myself is; “what does a blessed life look like?” Most of us view a blessed life as someone who has a lot of money, fancy cars, nice house and a perfect family. Many of us see the blessed life as having a great job, being in good health and the absence of sorrow or pain. While many of these things might be in the category of blessing, they do not equal a blessed life.
There is a difference between living a blessed life and experiencing blessings in life. If I view blessings in this life as being equal with living a blessed life, then I will always be disappointed because blessings are temporary. However, if I know what a blessed life looks like, then I can lay hold of the eternal value that will not disappoint.
Check out these four eternal qualities that Jesus gave us that lead to a blessed life. (See Matthew 5:7-10)
1. Mercy – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Mercy is always extended to the undeserved. We typically have two options: mercy or justice. Justice might feel good to the flesh and even be warranted. But the blessed life extends mercy, which encourages the one who has fallen to begin again. How often have you received mercy?
2. Pure in Heart – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The focus is on inward purity; moral and spiritual purity. Pure in heart does not mean perfection. It means doing what is right when no one is looking. The word pure means “unadulterated,” being free from hypocrisy and sincere. Are you living a double life in any area?
3. Peacemaker – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” J. Oswald Sanders said that a peacemaker is not the same as peace-lover or peacekeeper. To qualify as a peacemaker you must be one who reconciles, not pacifies. Who do you need to reconcile with?
4. Loyalty – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Being pure in heart (#2) is doing what is right when no one is looking. Loyalty is doing what is right when everyone is looking! Peter said “Even if you suffer for what is right, you are blessed.” (1 Pet 3:14) What do you need to stand up for that you know is right?
REACH FORWARD today for the blessed life! He will not let you down.