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This is what Jesus taught. It's in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 5 verse 1 to Chapter 7 verse 29.

True happiness comes from being who God desires us to be: humble, merciful and peace-loving. If you are insulted or laughed at because you believe in Jesus, don't be upset, for you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. Followers of Jesus should be like a light for the whole world to see, a light up on a hill. Let it shine before people, as a lamp on a lampstand lights up a room in a house.

Do not get angry with people, but pray for those who would hurt you. Give to the poor and needy, but don't make a big show of it. God can see your generosity. Pray to your heavenly Father, but don't use a lot of meaningless words thinking that they sound better and will impress Him. Just pray from your heart and forgive anyone who has wronged you. Do not pass judgement or take revenge - let God deal with other people.

Don't place too much importance on material possessions (although having them certainly isn't wrong); instead store up the "treasure in heaven", knowing you will be rewarded for living a life which is pleasing to God. Don't worry about things like food and clothes, but ask God for what you need. Notice how He cares for the birds and "clothes" flowers in beauty. Ask and seek, and you will receive and find. If human fathers are capable of and willing to give good things to their children, think how much more will God the Father give to you.

Do for others what you would like them to do for you!

Anyone who hears and obeys the word of the Lord is like a wise man who built his house on rock. Foolish people who don't want to know are like the man who built his house on the sand. The wind and rain eventually devastated that house and it fell, because it had no proper foundations. Build on the solid rock, the word of God and the teaching of Jesus Christ, and your house and your life will not come to grief.