Poor and Mourning: The Way to Blessing

I was recently blessed by a women’s retreat—”The Battle and Beauty of a Peacemaker.” I will now, quite audaciously, condense an entire weekend into a one-minute post. (Nott.)
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) are promises, but not necessarily to separate individuals (e.g. the merciful). The Beloved brilliantly brings a list to be employed as a whole—by one soul— the way to blessing.
We come to God “poor”; we “mourn” over our sin. In the battle for souls, we are “gentle,” and “hunger for righteousness” throughout our lives. We’re “merciful” because He’s merciful to us; and only He can make us “pure in heart.” As “peacemakers,” we maintain peace with God and our neighbors—which may result in being “persecuted for the sake of righteousness.”
But in our own strength we miss the way; our frail flesh ferociously fumbles. We’re not naturally humble, repentant, meek, virtuous, pure, stalwart peacemakers. We must be born again to have the Father’s forgiveness, the Savior’s help, and the Spirit’s leading. And whenever our old man muscles in and messes it up, we are no longer chained there; we go back to the fork in the road, by God’s strength—poor in spirit, mourning over sin, practicing meekness. Others’ opinions are elevated, and ours are deflated. This is the Way of Blessing. Oh, there it is: another beautiful promise: He gets all the glory for it.
But wait! There’s more! As we practice this life of surrender, God will provide: His Person, Peace, Purpose, Presence, and Promises. In Him, we are day by day being saved—and the Beatitudes promise happiness, comfort, inheritance, satisfaction, and mercy—and that we will see Him, be part of His family, and even inherit His kingdom.
It’s no wonder the Sermon on the Mount is famous: it just doesn’t get better than this.

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2 Responses to Poor and Mourning: The Way to Blessing

  1. WordPress wouldn’t let me comment! Larry

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