Romans 4:6-8 Blessed Assurance

Romans 4:6-8 NIV  “David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: [7] “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”

blessed assurance

Blessed is the man…

 

What does the word blessed mean? I am a little surprised as I look at the definitions from the internet. It describes blessed as being righteous, holy, consecrated. This definition makes the word blessed as more of a adjective. I had always thought of the word blessed as more of an active verb. A description of the quality of life or of a goodness following me. In Psalms 23 the first words are blessed and the final statement is about God’s goodness and love following me in my life which is right? Is there more to learn of the meaning of being blessed?

“esher”  “makarios”

The Hebrew word for blessed is “esher”. It means “happy”. The greek word for blessed is “makarios”. It also means “happy”. So blessed seems to be describing a state of happiness. Happiness for what exactly? That our sins are forgiven. That our sins are no longer counted against us. That is when we keep our faith in Christ and allow His presence to be in us and working on us. This active righteousness in our soul makes us happy. We are in a right and good relationship with God. Just as Adam and Eve before sin. They and us walk with God.

What about the quality of life around us?

If blessed means happy, does it also describe our life situations? Is being blessed describe an easier and smoother life? No. In fact your life may become more difficult because of being blessed.  Matthew 5:3-11 NIV

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. [5] Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. [6] Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. [7] Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. [8] Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. [10] Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

These verses describe tough life situations but also says they are blessed, or happy. How can both be true? I believe the word blessed means a happy relationship between our spirit and God. It is a deep eternal connections that at our core brings a real happiness. In our life we may experience feelings placed in us by the holy spirit to make us pray or intercede for others. To make us hunger for righteousness for the world. To place us in an atmosphere that we are mistreated because of our relationship with Christ.   In spite of our circumstances we find at the very core of our soul there is a calm   peaceful happiness of a relationship between our spirit and God. We are blessed by this assurance of His love for us. We feel His presence and Christ’s love.  We feel the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit.  We are blessed. Blessed is the man who sins the Lord will never count against him.

Click on the title of the song Blessed Assurance.  Close your eyes and allow truth and His presence to minister to you and brighten your lightnside.

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blessed. Watching and waiting, looking above. Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long

This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long

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