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Ray Parascando - January 27, 2019

Healthy Are The Merciful

Healthy Are The Merciful

Healthy are the merciful, for they shall put out vibes of goodness. We all have friendships and relationships. Some go very well, and some of those relationships, if we’re being honest, they can annoy us to no end. We may find ourselves thinking that it would be great if we could live on a street or a nation where everyone looked, thought, and acted just like us, but we all have our differences. In this salad bowl we call life, God has great wisdom for us to be healthy in our relationships in how we react and receive other people. God wants you to be happy in a real way. True happiness comes from health in our souls and of our hearts. The path to this ultimate happiness and health was shown to us by Jesus Christ in His sermon on the mount, where we get the beatitudes from. One of the elements of true happiness and health is to be merciful. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy, Jesus tells us. As things around us get meaner, more malicious, and eviler; it’s imperative for our own sanity that we have this Biblical teaching of mercy. You can’t talk about Christianity without mercy. A follower of Christ can’t go to church, or worship God, and be void of mercy. It is an essential teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. Healthy are the merciful for they shall put out vibes of goodness.

Scripture References: Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 5:7

From Series: "Healthy Vibes"

A new year provides a new focus on a new healthier you. To help us achieve our new convictions, this is usually accompanied by new year’s resolutions centered around weight loss, good looks, strong relationships, and financial prosperity. Things start off well in the beginning; however within a few days or weeks we begin to crack, and those well intended resolutions to form new habits become another failure to launch our dreams of health. With the failure we begin to send out unhealthy vibes to others. These vibes are messages we send with our attitudes and actions. Sending healthy vibes to others is important, that is why our game plan of health can’t be surface level. Get-fit-quick fixes and shallow Christianity simply won’t cut it; we need a deeper focus. Even with all of our advancements in healthy living and spiritual programming that we have today; the fact is that we can still stumble causing both our life message and faith to falter. Our plan of health needs to begin within our own hearts with God. With a focus on God, we can say as Psalm 73:26 says; “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” Our health fails, our spirits grow weak, and our resolutions falter; but with an inward focus on God we can still send the right messages with our attitudes and actions and have healthy vibes. New year’s resolutions show that we have a desire to change, but how do we move past surface level resolutions? The key is making all of our desire to see change and improvement all about God and His purposes. As we seek to be disciplined in our walk with God, the rest of the areas in our lives will benefit. Resolve to make it all about God and His purposes; and then, and only then, will we be sending out the healthy vibes that reflect genuine health and honor God.

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