The Beatitudes – Mercy and Purity

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“Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm,” as defined by the dictionary. For the Christian, we learn of mercy through the cross of Christ. Because of God’s compassion for us, He offered us the forgiveness of our sin with the shed blood of Christ instead of punishing us for them. Jesus sets the example for us to follow in how to be merciful. We are called to show mercy to all people as if we are showing the compassion to God Himself. We see this idea in Matthew 25:40; “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”

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The crowd listening to Christ would understand mercy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. In chapter 58, and the Book of Tobit, he gives us a picture of the works of mercy. They are:

1 Feed the Hungry
2 Give drink to the thirsty
3 Clothe the naked
4 Shelter the homeless
5 Comfort the imprisoned
6 Visit the sick
7 Bury the dead

Imagine how different our world might look if we all practiced mercy daily. Also, notice nothing is telling us to perform these works only for those who deserve it. Everyone needs us to be merciful. God will reward us by offering us mercy to the extent we showed mercy to others on judgment day.

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Acts of pure love are carried out without any ulterior motives. We seek to gain nothing when we act with a pure heart. I believe it is scarce for anyone to operate in such a way, without expecting something in return. I think of all the times I became upset because someone I helped did not even offer me a thank you. I wanted the mercy I gave to be recognized, so the deed was no longer done with a pure heart. The rarity of a pure heart comes with the greatest of rewards for accomplishing it; they will see God. When we review the Bible, the indication is that only a tiny number of people saw God and even in those situations, it is not clear if they did or did not. So the gift of “seeing God” gets attached to something that is difficult for any of us to accomplish.

The pure in heart are the only ones who can know what it means to be supremely happy. Click To Tweet

I loved the beautiful way Billy Graham described someone who is pure of heart. “The pure in heart are the only ones who can know what it means to be supremely happy. Their hearts are pure toward God and, as a result, are pure toward their fellowmen. They are happy because, in possessing Him who is All and in All, they envy no man’s worldly goods. They are happy because they envy not another man’s praise. Because they are the enemy of no man, they regard no man as their enemy. The result is peace with God and the world.” (https://billygraham.org/devotion/pure-in-heart/). Something for all of us to strive towards in our Christian walk.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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The Beatitudes of Meekness and Righteousness

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In today’s blog, we will continue to look at the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. God gave us the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament to instruct us in what we should not do in our lives; the “Do Not” statements. Centuries later, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes in the New Testament to guide us with the “Should Do” statements. I love the contrast between the laws of the Old Testament rules and the guidance for a peaceful life under the Grace given in the New Testament. Jesus removed the yoke of the Old Testament laws and offered us the new requirements of love and grace in the Beatitudes.

Jesus removed the yoke of the Old Testament laws and offered us the new requirements of love and grace in the Beatitudes. Click To Tweet

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As we continue to take the next steps of this journey into the Beatitudes, we come across “The Meek.” Society today uses the work meek to describe a shy, mousy person. This description remains far from the way the Bible talks about it. Self-controlled, obedient and submissive to the ways of Christ better describes a meek Christian. Another explanation might be a humble person who thinks of others first. Jesus wants us to be meek, especially in our world today, when so many seek to satisfy their needs above all else. God promises a grand inheritance for the meek in the next world. And those who live meekly in today’s environment will leave behind a better world for those who follow.

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Our next Beatitude looks at how we should view righteousness. God calls us to hunger after justice and righteousness. We must stand up for poor and the oppressed. But, this is more than just tweeting or posting about these problems. God wants us to step into the lives of those who suffer and help to shoulder their burdens. James 1:27 reminds us that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Those who help someone in distress will be satisfied by God. Don’t we feel better after helping someone else, like serving Thanksgiving meals at a homeless shelter? That is part of the reward God offers us when we seek His justice.

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The two Beatitudes we explored last week told us how we should feel about our world. The condition of our society should grieve us and compel us to make a difference. The two Beatitudes for today remind us of our attitude towards the world. We should remain self-controlled in all circumstances, and we should help those around us.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc

Poor and Mournful People

Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3. Poor in spirit. Those who mourn. Sermon on the mount.

The sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew offers us a glimpse into a way of life that pleases God. As contrasted with the Ten Commandments that tell us what not to do, the eight Beatitudes offers us an approach to peaceful living in a chaotic world. During June, my blog will dig deeper into these beautiful words of Christ.

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Early in my faith walk, I used to think that this beatitude required me to reject all worldly possessions to follow Christ. As I grew in my faith, I learned that “poor in spirit” refers to the condition of our hearts and not our wallets. Christ calls us to be humble servants for Him. When we are humble, we think of others before ourselves. We seek peace with our brothers and sisters instead of trying to get our way. Humility allows our hearts to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. God calls us to serve others, pray for our neighbors and love our enemies.

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

The closer we come to Christ, the more we see the true nature of man since original sin. We must learn to mourn for the sins in our life as well as for the sins of the world. When we acknowledge our fallen nature, God will comfort us with His presence and forgiveness. Mourning is called blessed because our eyes are open to what God has to offer us for a better future with Him. Sharing the Good News of Christ with our neighbors provides them with God’s comfort.

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These first two beatitudes teach us about our feelings towards others around us. Christ calls us to think of others first and to grieve our sins. In so doing, we are drawing closer to God and preparing our hearts for our eternal homes. Praying for the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22 can help us develop our hearts to live the type of life outlines in beatitudes. Those fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc

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