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
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.
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.God wants us to step into the lives of those who suffer and help to shoulder their burdens. Click To Tweet
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.
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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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