Day Eight – Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven –Matthew 5:10 Well here we are at the end of this eight day series. I’m not sure how many of you have followed along, or worked through the beatitudes the past eight days too. I know that studying and researching these key verses has challenged me to look at several areas of my journey. There is still much work to do. I guess if it was up to me, I would close on a higher note than that of persecution. Persecution brings such negative … Continue reading Day Eight – Persecuted

Day Seven – Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9 In this high charged political season it is hard to imagine being a “peacemaker”. The words “fundamental difference” rang very loud to me as I tried to think about how you could make peace between two enemies. Yet there is a charge to each of us in this beatitude. We’re called to be coffee beans…. I wrote a post a little over a year ago called “Carrots, Eggs and Coffee Beans“. Actually, I was just sharing a story I had found. I can’t take credit … Continue reading Day Seven – Peacemakers

Day Six – Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. –Matthew 5:8 In order to best understand pure in heart, I think I needed to set a baseline to work from. For me this was explained in one commentary as, “purity of heart is a work in progress in which both God and man share responsibility”. They also stated that “We will never be pure as God is pure in this life. Our purity is at best only in part.” So to best understand pure in heart we need to understand that Gods definition of purity is a lofty … Continue reading Day Six – Pure in Heart

Day Five – Merciful

Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy – Matthew 5:7 A little different approach for Day Five. My study pointed out several very interesting points regarding mercy. There is the websters version which we are probably more suited to approach and think of as Mercy. However Jesus is calling us to something different. 1. The first four beatitudes were inwardly focused. The second four beatitudes are externally focused. Ideally the first four should lead to our behavior on the second four. 2. We understand mercy as a result of a warm and close relationship with God. 3. … Continue reading Day Five – Merciful

Day Four – Hunger and Thirst

“Blessed are they those that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6 What is the hungriest you have ever been? How about thirsty? That question is obviously relative. Many of us have never really known what it means to be hungry. One statistic I read said that every 3.6 seconds, someone dies of hunger. That means by the time I finish writing this post, roughly 167 people died of hunger. What an alarming and sad statistic. It’s one that I am not sure I can get my head around. So I had to bring it … Continue reading Day Four – Hunger and Thirst

Day Three – Blessed are the Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth -Matthew 5:5 Like I said in earlier posts, this is just my crazy finite minds interpretation of the beatitudes as I reflect on them. That being said, as I read commentaries and resources on Matthew 5:5, one quote kept coming to mind. It comes from none other than the movie “Spider-man”. With great power comes great responsibility -Aunt Mae Since it kept coming back to me, I figured I would run with that. To be honest it helped me in my understanding. When you think of most Super Heroes, they … Continue reading Day Three – Blessed are the Meek

Day Two – Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted -Matthew 5:4 Here I was all ready to post something about funerals and how we can find comfort. I am sad to say that I have said goodbye to far too many friends already in my life. I have no doubt mourned. In time, I would say I have found comfort. Yet that is not what my study of Matthew 5:4 was about. It’s about mourning and, in some way, things that have died. However this spotlight is internal and not external. In each of the resources that I read, … Continue reading Day Two – Those Who Mourn

Day One – Poor in Spirit

As I kick off this 8 days of looking at the beatitudes, I should warn you all that I am not a bible scholar. I didn’t attend seminary and am not a Pastor. I am just giving my common, everyday, finite mind application of what these key verses say to me the next 8 days. It is my hope that those that read along will join with me Wed-Friday this week and Monday – Friday next week to apply one per day. If you are joining in, feel free to comment on your reflections as well. Blessed are the poor … Continue reading Day One – Poor in Spirit

8 Days

We’re all on a journey. We’re all a “work in progress”. If someone were to ask me to give them two songs that define where I am on my journey and what God is doing in my life, I would give them “I Wonder What Life Would be Like” by Big Daddy Weave and “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. I am challenged in my journey to give more (on several levels) and to answer the question: I wonder what life would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me…. We need to see people through … Continue reading 8 Days