The Beatitudes - A Portrait of the True Believer
In Matthew 5:10-12, Jesus concludes the Beatitudes by plainly stating that those who seek righteousness will be reviled, attacked, and falsely accused. When we openly love and follow Christ, and when we affirm that Christ is the one way to the Father, the world will oppose us.
Peacemakers reflect the character of the triune God and are agents of reconciliation wherever they go. Christ accomplished the greatest act of reconciliation when his death on the cross brought us justification and peace with God. We are to implore unbelievers to seek this peace (2 Corinthians 5:19). We also must pursue peace with fellow believers (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Your heart is your inner being, the true you. A divided heart is undecided in its true loyalty. May we live more and more to please God, with commitment to purity in our moral choices flowing out of our devotion to God.
Showing mercy is having compassion that moves us to action. It’s not a random, occasional impulse at our own convenience, but a self-sacrificing lifestyle in which we act in kindness and provide/speak/encourage forgiveness toward others.
Righteousness is not to be an optional spiritual luxury. We should pray and ask God to increase our deep craving for God Himself and the One who is of supreme importance to us and for holiness as a lifestyle. Every follower of Jesus should increasingly pursue righteousness, with the result being true satisfaction.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (ESV) Meekness has been described as “sweet reasonableness,” a spirit of humility, gentleness, and forgiveness. Jesus, our example, is the mighty Lord, full of courage and zeal, but He also displayed kindness, courtesy, and patience. Meekness allows us to avoid abusiveness in our speech, helps…
Mourning is taking the reality of our sin seriously. While the Scriptures teach that Jesus followers are filled with the joy that is the result of God’s grace, we are also to weep over sin in the world, over sin in the church, and especially over our own personal sins. Don’t laugh at sin, ignore it, or excuse it. Admitting our sin leads to the comfort of…
God looks with favor on those who are poor in spirit. We become part of heaven only when we view ourselves as totally bankrupt spiritually before a holy God and cry out of His mercy. We are to continue to be poor in spirit through all of our lives, not rationalizing our behavior, but remaining humble before God and humble with one another.
The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 show what life should be like for authentic members of the Kingdom of Heaven. They are introduced in Matthew 4 with a call to repentance, because entering the kingdom comes not through turning from our sinful self to our sovereign Savior. Once we have received His forgiveness and salvation, we can experience true blessing as our hearts pursue…