The “Beatitudes” – The kind of life the Lord blesses

A few thoughts from one of the best known passage in the Scripture – The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:1-12 – the passage I read and reflected on this morning during “Coffee with the Lord”…

The Sermon on the Mount is so counter-cultural!  In it Jesus emphasizes and values so much of what the broader culture rejects!  Here are the things Jesus values – that move His heart – that he blesses in wonderful and incredible ways!

* Those who know their “poverty in spirit”

* Those who mourn (perhaps especially over their “poverty in spirit)

* Those who are meek (not self-assured and assertive)

* Those who hunger and thirst to be righteousness

* Those who are merciful to others

* Those with pure hearts

* Those who are peacemakers

* Those who are persecuted because they are righteous

* Those who are unjustly persecuted

So, if any of these things describe you and explain your heart for God and others in a culture whose values seem to run completely opposite of these things… You can depend on it – These are the very things God honors and blesses! … And I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the blessing of God over the approval and applause of the broader culture any day!  How does the Bible put it in another place? … “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it!” (Proverbs 10:22 ESV)

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