In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with a famous set of blessings, often called the “beatitudes” (from the Latin word for hapiness). Many people among those who claim to be Christian read these blessings and say they are good. However, by their lives, words and what they encourage in others, many of these same people show that they are not interested in living such a blessed life.

Here are the blessings that most people seem to wish Jesus had said:

Blessed are you when others speak superficial niceties to you and when they pamper you and when they speak false words of flattery about you on account of your friendship with the world. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great on earth, for so their fathers did to those who made them comfortable.

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