Blessed are the clean of heart…

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. Matt. 5:8

Clean, Pure; To be free from dirt or defilement. Defile; corrupt.

Blessed is the person whose heart is not dirty or corrupt. If our heart is clean, our life will be clean.

How can I tell if I have a clean heart? Easy. You can tell by what you do, and why you do it.

This is the difference between the disciple and the Pharisee, and how a disciples righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees. The motivation for what we do, not just what we do.

Remember the Pharisees liked to receive men's praise, and Jesus said they received their reward. Their reward was the praise they received, and to receive that praise, was their motivation. Our motivation however, should be the reward of the praise of Jesus, "Well done good and faithful servant." Matt. 25:21.

Jesus also reminds us that, what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart and that is what defiles a man. Matt. 15:18

The evil motivations of the heart lead to evil actions but, the clean of heart shall see God.


Blessed are the merciful…

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matt. 5:7

Has God ever cleansed your heart? Then you know what it is like to receive mercy.

Let me ask you another question; Have you ever shown mercy to someone else, even someone who hates or mistreats you? If you answer yes to that question often, then you should have a growing and thriving relationship with God, and to that I say "keep up the good work." If you answered no, let's look at one of the possible reasons why.

Ask yourself, "When has God really been merciful to me?" In the spiritual sense, we should know that salvation through Christ's death, and His resurrection are God's greatest acts of mercy, for everyone and yet for each one.

But, what about the practical, everyday mercies? Well, the most notable may be the one's we take for granted. Food, water, life, health, spouse, parents… get the idea?

As Christians, having mercy for others should be second nature, for it is God's nature. Romans 5:10 states, "Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by His life." And , as we will discuss later. Matt.5:24 tells us to "be reconciled to your brother".

So it all boils down to this. If I don't feel mercy, I won't show mercy. God's mercies are new each day, ours should be, too.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst…

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Matt. 5:6

Have you ever been so hungry that your stomach just ached? Or so thirsty that you can't even swallow? These analogies were well understood by Jesus' audience, and just read and glossed over by us today.

This aching hunger and thirst should be for that which is far more beneficial to us…righteousness.

In Matt. 5:20, Jesus states " unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Are we hungry for the food of God? What is the food of God? "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me," John 4:34.

When we do the will of God, our hunger is being satisfied by God. When we do the will of God, we are acting in a righteous way, for we are acting as Jesus acted, and as He wants us to continue in that way.

He didn't shout out from the rooftops, " I am the Messiah!" He met people where they were, with love and compassion, the love and compassion of God. I think we get to busy sometimes talking about Jesus, rather than being about Jesus.

What about the thirst? "… but whoever drinks of the water I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." John 4:14

So let us feast on the bread of life, and the cup of the new covenant.

Blessed are the meek…

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Matt. 5:5

Meek is often a misunderstood word. I used to think of meekness as, well… wimpy, soft and cowardly but the definition is actually gentle, humble, considerate or kindly in disposition. Is that not an exact description of Jesus? Jesus was anything but a wimp! Let's look at the statement; "blessed are the meek." Jesus says if you're meek, (gentle, humble) you will inherit the land. The flip side is, if you aren't, you won't.

What does the land refer to? Jesus seems to be making reference to Psalm 37:11; but the meek will inherit the land, and enjoy great peace. The land is the reference to the Promised Land, Israel, which is the foreshadowing of heaven. So meekness is a prerequisite for inheriting the kingdom of heaven.

This brings us back to the poor in spirit statement. If we realize our poverty and finiteness, before the all-powerful and infinite God, we will be humble.

On the outside, meekness can look like weakness, but to the spirit, it is strength.

The meek are gentle, but firm in faith. Peaceable without being compromising. The meek can restrain their anger, they can be tolerant, they can go the "extra mile", and, "turn the other cheek".

How do you rate on the meekness scale?

I've got some growing to do!

Easter Sunday

I Corinthians 15:20, But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.

What a day! Resurrection Day!

May our love for the Triune God, be resurrected in our hearts this day.

May all glory, honor and praise be His. Amen

Holy Saturday

This had to be the longest and scariest day for the disciples. They had just witnessed the brutal murder of their Lord and Master.  Now, hid in the upper room, fearing for their own lives, all they could do is think….Think about all the things that had transpired in the last five days. What they could have done, should have done. Realizing their own denial and betrayal of the one, who just the night before, had called them ” friends.”

Maybe it’s time for us,to think on those things….

Good Friday

Today we remember the beatings, the death and the burial of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you Father for your Son. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice.Thank you Holy Spirit, for your leading us to yourself. Amen.