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Happy People Are Holy People

April 29th, 2010 Posted in OC, Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview

In the Beatitudes, Jesus unlocked a major secret to living a happy life: A happy person will be a holy person.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

In the modern use of the word “heart,” we tend to associate it with our emotions. We will say, “My mind says one thing, but my heart says another.” We describe an emotional person as “wearing their heart on their sleeve.”

In other words, we tend to think of our mind as logical, while our heart is more emotional.

But in the Bible, the heart is not only the center of our emotions, but also of our mind. This includes our thinking process.

In Proverbs, we are told, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

The heart of the matter

The heart is important in Scripture because it is the center of our personality. The heart is the center of our will and emotions.

God wants us to have pure hearts. Purity seems to be something that is so lacking today. It is attainable, otherwise Jesus never would have promised it.

What exactly is this purity, as in being “pure of heart”? It is a word that means “without hypocrisy,” or “single.”

Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil (or “double-visioned”), thy whole body shall be full of darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23 KJV).

To be “single” or pure means to have a single-minded devotion to Jesus. As the Psalmist wrote, “Unite my heart to fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).

To be pure in heart is to seek to live a holy life, and that is the secret to happiness. If you want to be happy, seek to be holy, or pure in heart.

As Martyn Lloyd Jones said, “Seek for happiness and you will never find it. Seek righteousness and you will discover you are happy. It will be there without your knowing it, without your seeking it.”

2 Responses to “Happy People Are Holy People”

  1. Steph says:

    When one is not torn between what to choose and what to believe, why not be happy? When the clear choice is kind of already chosen for you as you committed yourself beforehand, there is no need for fretting or frustration. God is the answer. Seek Him and you’ll find what you are looking for.
    When I need to know something very important, I have to look at where my heart is in the situation. Is it worried about itself and facing inward? Or is it facing outward and upwards towards God?
    A phrase heavily overused at my Christian high school was “it’s a heart issue.” We groaned whenever we heard it and never took it seriously. If we fix what is going wrong within our hearts we will be able to deal better with what is going on around us.

  2. Travis says:

    I have been struggling to find happiness in my life, I am a Christian and have been for the last 5 years and could never find it no matter what I did. The quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones explains it all, I now realize I have been seeking for it in the wrong way. Thank you for what you are doing

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