God Wants Me To Be Happy
Matthew 5:5 – Jesus said, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. What does it mean to be meek?
Jesus was meek – Matthew 11:29 take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. The word gentle is the same Greek word translated “meek” in Matthew 5:5.
- Meekness is observed in the way Jesus controlled his ________________ and acted in ________________ to serve us, and to bring us salvation.
- Jesus could speak up, and sternly at times, but with _______________________.
- One other way that meekness brings happiness is in our meekness toward the _____________________.
James 1:19-21 Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not achieve the righteous life that God desires… humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. The word humbly is our word for meekness or gentleness.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. What do you long for in life?
Many of them hungered for ____________________ and ____________________ change.
Matthew 6:33 Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY
Often, we yearn to be happy, but Jesus teaches us to readjust our longings and to hunger and thirst for ______________________.
How do you create hunger? _____________________ more!
I Peter 1:23-2:3 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
How much of your life is focused on you? How often do you find yourself talking about my needs, my problems, my goals? How much thought do you give to the needs of others?
Ephesians 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
To be merciful is to live this ____________________-centered life – where the hurts and heartaches and needs of others take precedence over our own.
QUESTIONS & EXERCISES
For Daily Devotionals or Bible Study Group
- Meekness (Matthew 5:5) has mistakenly been equated with weakness and timidity. The Bible says that Moses “was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3, ESV). Jesus said: “I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11:29, NIV – word “gentle” is the same word for “meek”). The word translated “meek” has to do with being humble and gentle, and channeling your strength in helpful rather than hurtful ways. In what ways was Moses and Jesus meek? In what ways do you need more humility or gentleness in your life?
- Since meekness is a quality to be cultivated, what are ways that meekness or humility channels a believer when they have legitimate anger or indignation over sins in our culture that are damaging to others (i.e., human trafficking, illicit drug distribution, child abuse, and others)?
- In Matthew 5:6 Jesus speaks of “hunger.” If you were to write down the deepest yearnings or longings in-side your heart, what would you list? How do these connect with your walk with God and your relationship with Jesus as Lord?
- Jesus said that we are to hunger and thirst for “righteousness,” and that in fact, it should be the first pursuit of our life (Matthew 6:33). What is “righteousness?” How can you cultivate a better hunger or thirst for righteousness in your life? In the message, Kevin said that one way is to eat and drink more of God’s Word to create such an appetite. What are ways that you can spend more time with God’s Word? What are other things that fill your life that is keeping you from hungering and thirsting more for God?
- What are some of the most significant barriers to being more “merciful” people? In what ways is God “rich in mercy?” (Ephesians 2:4). How do you see his mercy displayed in Christ? In your own life? How can you become more like Christ and be more merciful toward others including your family, your co-workers, your community, the needy?