If you want to be a happy person, it starts with knowing that about yourself. Blessed are those who see themselves as they really are, which is spiritually bankrupt.
Everybody wants to be a somebody, or so it seems. So many people want to be a star, to be out in front, and they think that will make them happy.
Here’s another way to translate this: “Happy, or blessed, is the person who sees his or her real spiritual condition.”
And what is your real spiritual condition? You are spiritually destitute. You are spiritually impoverished. You are desperately in need of God.
Jesus also said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 NKJV). Here the idea of mourning is being sorry for our sin. It’s mourning over our sin.
We see our condition before God as sinners, but it isn’t a hopeless situation. There is a Savior who died on the cross for me and shed His blood for every sin I’ve ever committed. He’s ready to pardon and forgive us.
The Bible says that “godly sorrow produces repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV). So, we must say, “Lord, I’m a sinner. I’m sorry for my sin.”
If you’re really sorry for something, you’ll change. The sorrow the Bible talks about is being sorry enough to change your behavior. You see God, His holiness, and the life that He wants you to live. And you see how far you have to go.
Blessed or happy, are those who mourn over that condition.