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The promise for the pure in heart is spectacular; they get to see God! The problem is that none of us are born with a pure heart. There is wickedness within, and it must be eradicated by the power of the Holy Spirit. That comes only because of a treasuring of Christ.
Life is hard. The world gives us so many answers to that problem, but as weariness sets in again we continue to find them wanting. The bad news is that there is nothing in the world that can give you a fulfilled life. The Good News is that in heaven there is. No one likes favoritism. We value an even playing field. Everyone should have a chance to compete and earn their just rewards. The problem with that mindset is that we have an an inflated view of what we deserve. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We deserve death and damnation, but the Good News this week is that God shows favoritism towards us and we “are justified by His grace as a gift”!
We are inheritors of mercy; thus we should be willing to give mercy to others. If we do not, we end up being hypocritical, pretenders who will willing accept God's immense love, forgiveness, and mercy and then act as if it doesn't even affect who we are and how we act. We must avoid hypocrisy, the hypocrisy of the indebted servant.
People are hungry and thirsty; there is something deep inside them that needs filling, but rather than hungering and thirsting for righteousness, they simply find the "junk food" of this world that never satisfies. But the one who seeks, not just God, but God's righteousness in Jesus, will be.
There are four beliefs that come with the mourners who will receive comfort: 1. The first mourn over their own sin, 2. The mourn over the sins of others, 3. God loves others more than we do, and 4. They mourn over the physical separation between themselves and Jesus. Join us as we explore the second beatitude, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Having an accurate picture of the Sermon on the Mount is crucial to understanding WHAT Jesus is about to say and WHY He is saying it.
What does Jesus mean when He said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"? What is being poor in spirit? How does that relate to our lives? That's what we study as we look at the first of the Beatitudes.