Thinking About The Beatitudes










The Beatitudes, like a lot of scripture, become so part of the landscape of our church, that we don't really think about them or what they mean.  Today think about the Beatitudes and how they relate to you.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. (I'm so there!)
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted. (You have been with me in my darkest hour.)
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land. (Um ... disinherited!)
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied. (Yikes!  Never completely satisfied!)
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy. (I'm in trouble!)
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God. (I think I'm in trouble ... again!)
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. (Ouch!  My kids say I stir the pot!)
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. (I don't think I've ever been truly persecuted.)
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. (Well, not because of You.)
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven. (I certainly hope so, but I need to make some changes.)
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (and it will continue long after I'm gone.) - Matthew 5:1-12

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