Week 1 – Poor in spirit and the mourners
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:3-4
I pray that everyone had a great holiday break. Windermere was a quiet place over the holidays. We had a couple of guests with short stays. But overall there was plenty of time to renew.
With the New Year, there comes a fresh start. I am always trying to look at things in a fresh way. For the next couple of weeks, let us look at the words of Jesus. I think the beatitudes always challenge my thinking. See Matthew 5:3-4.
These two ideas of being poor in spirit and mourning doesn’t sound like a positive task. Yet, Jesus is challenging us to think deeper. Being poor in spirit is not saying we are to have no self-esteem or low self-image. By mourning, Jesus is not saying we should make sorrow more painful.
What Jesus is saying is this –
When we are able to follow Christ in this manner then the Bible says we are promised the “kingdom of God and comfort.” I think we all need that kind of promise for 2017 – to reign and to find comfort.
By reigning I am reminded of Romans 5:17 – “For if. by the trespass of one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” How does reigning go with humility? I think when we show humility we are able to share in God’s authority and we are set free to look to God for all we need.
The English word comfort comes from two Latin words that mean with strength (think fortress or fortify). In other words we when we mourn, we have all the resources of God – His word, the Holy Spirit and his people to comfort us. We are able to become stronger through mourning.
So how does this make us different for 2017? I think we can see a couple of ways.
Look for three more posts from the Beatitudes this month. A great way to start the year.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.
John W. Bailey
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