Walking In Grace
Matthew 5:3-10 records Jesus instructing His disciples in who is blessed by God. He said,
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
These eight statements of blessing are called beatitudes. While individually profound, they take on much greater meaning when understood together. Each beatitude is a stepping stone of grace. God gives His favor to those for whom the world has contempt. Together the beatitudes form a path of grace into God’s kingdom. The person walking this pathway undergoes a profound transformation. In the first beatitude the person is poor in spirit (that is, downtrodden and depressed). In last he is standing fast under persecution. To this person, entry into God’s kingdom has already begun. The pilgrim traveling this path is walking through a world of depression, tears, bullying, injustice, blame, moral filth, conflict, and persecution. Yet God blesses him with blessings which overcome the world. Over the next several blog posts we will consider how we can walk in God’s blessing. In the meantime, I encourage you to put the beatitudes a place you will see them often and read them each day.
Pastor of Rome Baptist Church