I remember learning the Beatitudes for Sunday School, more than a couple years ago (okay, okay a lot more than a couple.) I was skimming places in the Bible the other day and stopped to read them as I hadn’t for a long time, not REALLY read them at least. You know how it is, you read something, but don’t take time to think hard about what it means? But, I read with purpose and intent and WOW, powerful words and promises from God!
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
THIS IS AN AMAZING PASSAGE! The Beatitudes promise us that we have a place of comfort, peace, riches, will never hunger or thirst, will receive mercy and life in peace. WOW, Some pretty wonderful promises. Such rich spiritual rewards.
But, the rest of the chapter is pretty good too!
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
We all have doubters. I am thankful that God recognizes truth and that despite what same think and say, that He knows me and my heart and will reward me for my efforts here. There are times I let other people’s negative statements bother me more than it should but God tells me that He wants me to let His words shine through me. Verses like 14, 15 and 16 tell me this. The Lord sure uses the Bible to teach us, strengthen us and help us grow spiritually in Christ. What an AMAZING God we serve.
Lord, I glorify You and thank You for Your words to help strengthen me in my purpose. The words that help me see Your plan on how You wish to use me to help reach others. I ask that You continue to teach me, continue to use me and give me guidance on the words that You would have me use to draw others to Jesus. I thank You for my salvation and the gift of eternal life. I pray you continue to help me grow in You. I ask for Your hand in my words, my life, my future that You be in control and lead me in Your desired path for me. I pray that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they yearn to come to You and follow Your plan in their lives as well. I ask that You help me be a blessing to others as I work and encounter others throughout the day, today and everyday.
I do appreciate all that take time to read what He leads me to write. I hope it is helpful to at least one other person, but better yet, MANY. Please share as you see fit and feel God leading you to do so. As I have said more often than not, have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to at least one, hopefully many today.