Wednesday, February 07, 2007


In Matthew 5, Jesus sat his disciples down and taught them the beatitutes. The beatitudes are the blessings bestowed on us by God when we have certain character traits that please Him. I thought I would attempt to expound on them a little:

Blessed are the poor in spirit --we are beggars knowing that without God we are nothing. With him we have the promise of the kingdom of heaven, eternal life with our Lord and Savior, a home built by His hands forever.

Blessed are those who mourn---we are shamed by our sin, we wail and confess it before our Father, and He brings such comfort to us assuring us of his saving grace and sacrifice that paid for that sin. It is a comfort that outlasts all other comfort, knowing that we are right before God.

Blessed are the meek---we are humbled by the goodness of God, and choose to obey Him because of the promise of an inheritance of the New Earth. When he comes again, we will reign with Him and enjoy the fruits of the New Earth with Him.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness--we are a people who desire to be like Jesus, to comform to His image, to have His character traits in our lives, to have the fruits of the Spirit active in us. When we desire to be like Jesus to the point of hunger and thirst, Jesus promised that we would be filled, we would experience His likeness to the full.

Blessed are the merciful---we are forgiving toward others, and demonstrate the mercy of Jesus to those that have wronged us. His promise is that we will in turn receive mercy. How merciful is our God that He does not punish us as our sins deserve.

Blessed are the pure in heart--we exhibit personal purity in all that we do and say, and we will see God. What greater promise from Jesus than the promise of seeing our God face to face in all of His glory someday. We will see Him as He is in all of His holiness and purity and goodness and love. It is awesome, truly awesome to think of being with God forever.

Blessed are the peacemakers---we are called to live peaceably with all men, to dwell without hostility or anger toward another, to be the one that calls others to peace. And our promise? To be called the sons (or daughters) of God. Can you think of anything greater than to have God call you "My Child." I look forward to crawling up in the arms of Jesus and calling him "daddy."

May God's promises to you inspire you to be poor in spirit, mourning your sin and confessing it, to be meek, one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, merciful, pure in heart and to a peacemaker. His promises are worth it!

"Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven"!


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