Jesus’ Teaching on Secret to Happiness and Void in Life Many People Miss

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In one of Jesus’ most well-known sermons, the Sermon on the Mount, he unveils the secret to happiness, while pointing out the void that so many people have in their lives, and how to fill both of these needs.

The void in life most people suffer from

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

– Matthew 5:3

There is a hidden in plain sight detail in the above verse that many people often miss.

The late Reverend Billy Graham reveals that the critical detail in the above verse, one that is often misquoted, comes in the last two words: “In spirit.”

Many people think Jesus is referring to the poor here. But he is referring specifically to the “poor in spirit.”

Graham says it’s an affliction that “everyone in every circumstance and in every generation” suffers from. He says we all need “to be aware of our spiritual poverty.”

“No one is more pathetic than he who is in great need and not aware of it,” Graham points out.

As more and more people turn away from religion at present, the poverty of spirit is greater than ever.

Thus, those who are poor in spirit but desire spiritual fulfillment – those who long for it – will see their spirit filled in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus reveals secret to happiness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

– Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

– Matthew 5:6

As we look at these two verses, there is a pattern that first makes a statement about the characteristics of a particular type of suffering or need, followed by a blessing. This is a section of Jesus’ Sermon called the Beatitudes (more on that to follow).

If you follow the links below to the verses that contained the Beatitudes, you will see that all the blessings come to those who seek God.

That is the secret to happiness that Jesus reveals. There are, and there will be sufferings in this life. But to those who suffer now, the lasting, eternal rewards await in heaven: treasures that never tarnish or decay.

Filling the void

The Reverend Billy Graham said: “The soul, created in the image of God, cannot be fully satisfied until it knows God in the proper way.”

No amount of money will fill the void in the human soul. No one will find true and lasting happiness in this world. Everyone suffers.

How often have we witnessed people who seem to have it all, wealth and fame, yet take their own lives? This shows that all of the world’s goods, riches, and promises still leave a void.

Jesus said there is only one thing that can fill this longing and void, as he quoted Deuteronomy 8:3.

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

–Matthew 4:4

This is the nourishment that satiates the “poor in spirit.” Knowing God, faith, and hope in a higher power is the key to being happy in all situations, rich or poor, famous or unknown, alone or surrounded by numerous people, family, and friends.

For further reading:

The blessings in the book of Matthew, chapter 5, verses 3-11, Sermon on the Mount have been given the name of the Beatitudes. These are repeated in the so-called Sermon on the Plain in the gospel of Luke 6, although they have slight variations.. These are very much like Proverbs or Psalms in structure, comparable to Psalm 1:1-6.