Matthew 5: 1-12
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hungry and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and fasely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Without the character of God within our lives, it would impossible to live in the humility that Christ is teaching for us to live our daily lives. For us to have the kingdom of heaven, we must accept the grace of God while we are here on earth. When we are in mourning, whether from sickness, sin, pain or death, we must receive our comfort from God with all humility. We must release all our sorrows in trust to God who is faithful. When we endure the things of the earth without sin, we will reign with Christ in the new earth. When we seek God in the same manner that we desire food and water, we will be filled with his righteousness. God expects us to treat others in the same mercy that he has shown to us. Mercy sets us free when we deserve punishment. When we repent and accept the righteousness of Christ, we will be made pure in heart and therefore, we will see God. Those who help keep peace, will be called sons of God. Regardless of how others treat us, we must remember that our reward will come when we are at home with Christ. Humble your self, trust God and use the things that come against you to build the character of Christ in you. Rejoice, and be glad knowing that your sins are forgiven.
Father thank you for the examples of the life of Christ that will build his character in our lives when we trust him in all humility. Thank you for your Spirit that leads us to repentance. Help us to live in a manner that others will see you by the live we live. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.