In Jesus’ teaching known as the Sermon on the Mount he began by saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
When we’re in the process of mourning, whether for a loved one or perhaps the loss of a dream, it’s not easy to see the blessings of God. And yet, in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
We all go through periods of mourning, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, or the pain of a broken relationship. Let's reflect on the passage, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
There’s a lot of suffering and heartache in the world. And if we focus on its brokenness for too long, it’s easy to lose heart. Let's study the beatitude, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." No, the world isn’t a perfect place, but there is hope!
The dictionary defines the word "meek" as overly submissive, compliant, spiritless, and tame. Doesn’t sound like much of a way to live!
Sometimes it seems like only the strong-willed and forceful get things accomplished, that meekness is out of date and won’t work in today’s world.
It’s possible to think of meekness as a character flaw, that someone who is meek is merely unable to fight back or stand up for himself.
What did Jesus mean when He said, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth"? Let's continue an in-depth look at the Sermon on the Mount.
Let’s discuss the seeming contradictions in the beatitude, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”
The idea of meekness winning the day doesn’t seem very realistic in our culture. And yet, in God’s kingdom, it’s the meek that will benefit in the long run.
When we hear the term “righteousness” we often think of rules and regulations, a standard we have to live up to. Let's study the beatitude, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”
Fractured relationships aren’t easy to restore. Perhaps you have a strained relationship with a friend or loved one that needs mending.
How’s your relationship with God going these days? Do you proactively seek to spend time with Him?
Let's reflect on the importance of the beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."