The Declaration of Independence declares that we have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness is the intriguing part of this statement because it truly reflects the human mindset. We want to be happy. We want to do what will make us happy. We do not want to think about difficulties and pain. We do not want to be troubled by cares in life. We want to be happy. We want happiness and we will continue to pursue happiness. But this way of thinking is what causes Jesus’ next declaration about the blessed life to be so jarring and so countercultural. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Think about what Jesus just said for a moment. Those who belong to the kingdom of heaven and enjoy the rich blessings of God by being in relationship with him are those that mourn.
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