Written By Angelique Geeringh
If someone sneezes we usually hear someone say, 'bless you!' It's not completely clear why we say that, but the word 'bless' is a positive word. So what does it mean to be blessed? The word 'blessed' that Jesus used in the Sermon on the Mount is from the Greek word makarios, which means to 'be happy or blissful', but it also means a type of 'self-contained happiness'.
Jesus makes ten points in the first part of his sermon known as the beatitudes and a modern version is to call these points the 'be attitudes'. All except one of these points start with the word 'blessed'. To be blessed is to be more than happy. Life doesn't always go our way, sometimes we get sick, or someone gets hurt, and of course, this doesn't make us happy. However, being blessed is being full of joy on the inside, even if things aren't perfect. It's a more profound joy because we know, as believers, that the Spirit of God lives in us, and we will live with him in heaven someday.
The beatitudes end in saying that we should rejoice and be glad because, by following these, we will receive great treasures in heaven.
Matthew 5:10 (NIV)
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
God promises that we will be blessed if we follow these teachings, but it won't be easy. We all spend a lifetime working on being the best "be attitude" to the world. Don't be discouraged. God calls us to be different than the rest of the world. Keep in mind that the beatitudes are impossible to do without God's help. He wants to help and be a big part of the decisions you make and all that you do.