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Pastor’s Newsletter Article

This is the latest of the articles Pastor Richert writes for the monthly church newsletter.

Righteousness = Happiness

In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught that the way to enjoy life to the fullest is to live righteously. He says we are blessed if we will say NO to the sinful ways of the world and say YES to the godly ways of His Word. There is no other way to truly be happy. Even though we might suffer for living a righteous life, Jesus declared that we would be blessed by God.

That goes against all our natural thinking. We want to avoid anything that would cause us pain. But what Jesus is telling us is that God knows what is best for us. God knows that gratifying our natural desires will not bring us true happiness. God knows that following the ways of the world will not bring us true happiness either.

That is because sin is at the root of our flesh and the world. And sin always ends up being destructive to us. God created us and He knows exactly what we need to enjoy life to the fullest.

He has revealed that to us in His Word. Psalm 1 tells us that we will be blessed if we will delight in His Word and meditate on it day and night. God wants us to know that righteousness will bring us happiness. We have to be willing to trust that God knows what is best for us and obey what He tells us.

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