The Beatitudes Part 8

Persecuted for Righteousness “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so theyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 8”

The Beatitudes Part 7

The Peacemakers “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 I tend to think of peace as a ceasefire. If you can keep people from firing at each other, you are keeping the peace. I am naturally skilled at this task. I can diffuse tension and diplomatically navigate conversations.Continue reading “The Beatitudes Part 7”

The Beatitudes Part 5

The Merciful “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Jesus gives an incredible statement about the merciful: “They shall receive mercy.” As those who know the gospel and have received mercy from the Lord, we can often gloss over this verse. Yet it truly is remarkable. Think about it: the mercyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 5”

The Beatitudes Part 4

Those Who Hunger and Thirst “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 You know, eating healthy and living in a wholesome way of life takes an awful lot of effort. It’s not what our natural selves just long for. But we know it’s right and weContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 4”

The Beatitudes Part 3

The Meek “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 The meek will inherit the earth. Yet they are not Napoleon or Alexander the Great. Those great warriors of old who took upon themselves to overcome kingdoms and take over nations by pushing their agendas to the max limit! Wouldn’t thatContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 3”

The Beatitudes Part 2

Those Who Mourn “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 Recently our daughter’s revised due date came and went. She would have been born at 34 weeks gestation through induction to give her the optimal chance of survival due to her rare diagnosis. However, instead of entering into a physicalContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 2”

The Beatitudes Part 1

The Poor in Spirit “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Poverty is not popular. It never has been and never will be. Nobody wants to be poor. So why would poverty of the spirit be any different? What is it about this quality or state thatContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 1”