A. Happiness is not a mere emotion, more than happy meaning: fulfilled, gratified, at peace with all
Jesus' audience was poor, felt unwelcome in the religious cliques of the day (Pharisees, Sadducees). people were disheartened, discouraged, troubled, unsure of relationship with God. Pharisaic rituals felt empty, meaningless
plausible reasons for mourning:
we still live in a hostile world.
godly sorrow works true repentance, & leads to continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus,
Pharisees content with a superficial level of righteousness, as content as the rich fool
was with his wealth
B5 merciful I shown mercy
Forgive others who have wronged you. may be hardest commandment in Scriptures, but is necessary for inward peace.
The heart must be purified by faith, and kept for God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God - either here through faith or eternally, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity.
peacemakers I called children of God
They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it be not broken, and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers are blessed, woe to th~peacp~~reakers!
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