“Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God!” (Matthew 5: 7, JB Phillips New Testament)
Jesus’s sermon on the mount is a prescription not only for good behavior, but truly for JOY! The beatitudes share the ideal states of thought to receive that awareness of God. This consciousness is happiness, for it brings us home to our genuine selves, united with Love and Life, and at peace in being who we truly are.
To be utterly sincere; to be pure in heart—as other translations render this passage—is to be without ego and without judgment or artifice. When we are utterly sincere, we come to God and to others from a place of honesty. We don’t try to put on airs or showiness. We don’t attempt to be someone else nor are we motivated by selfishness.
And this very purity of thought and intention, being authentic and earnest, is a joy in itself. It means we are letting go of the burden of trying to be something we are not, and are actually accepting who we are, and living real and right. This aligns us with God. We clearly see Him because there is no mask to hide us, and no false ego to separate us from Him and His glories. And that is a happy thing!
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