The Blessing of a Spiritual Appetite

All Christians, especially in this generation, need to take a hard look at this beatitude. Although we desire righteousness, we do not hunger and thirst for it. Unfortunately, we are too satisfied with the things of this world and our own complacent Christianity. The Word of God is just something we pop into our lives like a breath mint. It doesn’t fill us but then again we are not seeking to be filled by it. We just want a little Christianity to fool those around us into thinking that we are good enough. First we will ask – what is true righteousness? Then we will ask – what does it mean to truly hunger and thirst. Finally we will see how this blessing applies in the Christian life and beyond.

The Blessing of Humility

I believe that this is probably the most difficult beatitude that Jesus gave because it deals with the one subject that all of us struggle with – humility. As someone said, “Just when you think you are humble, you’ve lost it.” God gives His grace to the humble. First we will ask – what does it mean to be meek? Then we will ask – what does it mean to “inherit the earth?” Finally we will see how this blessing applies in the Christian life. When we begin to live by the spirit of humility, we truly live by grace. It is freeing. It brings glory to the name of Christ. It transforms the world around us. Imagine if everyone had the spirit of humility.

The Blessing of Sorrow

In our series on the Sermon on the Mount we come now to the second beatitude -"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." This is probably one of the most needed messages today. It's about grief and sorrow, something all of us face in this life. Where does sorrow come from? It comes from loss.Throughout life we have losses, some big and some small. In fact, life is a series of losses. The real question is "What do we do with our losses?" If we handle them God's way, the result is comfort. If we look for superficial ways, it will not work. God has the right answer to our sorrow. By the way, I love Luke's rendition of this beatitude - "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh."

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