Jesus in his teaching often used the word "blessed
", for example, "Blessed are the peacemakers
" and "Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed" John 20:29, WEB). The word in the Greek new testament for "Blessed" is makarios
which means blissful and happy. It also implies an inner state of happiness
that is not the product of external circumstances. Imagine for a moment you are on the top of a mountain, and beneath you is a beautiful panoramic view. The contentment and peace that you find there can not be undermined by events that are happening hundreds or thousands of miles away.
So it is with the inner contentment that Christ offers. It is a "ring fenced" inner peace
that can not be robbed or stolen. A believer in Christ is not "blessed" in this way because of external factors (e.g. a new car or TV) but because their inner life is in union with God. Here, Christ dwells in their heart
by faith, and they are content regardless of circumstances
, for the joy of the Lord is their strength
As you pray to receive this joy in your life, you may also like to meditate on some of the bible verses
about happiness at the bottom of this page. Here you'll also find some Celtic blessings
and a famous prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson.
If you find these prayers useful, you may also want to turn them into prayers for a friend or share them with your family or loved ones.