The Insulted

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and say all kinds of things 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.
Matthew 5:11-12

In the previous study we looked at the characteristic of righteousness. There are those who would bind you in chains of rules and regulations in order to demonstrate righteousness in your life. They would fill you with fear of wrath and judgement in order to make you fit in with their idea of who and what god is and how he reveals himself in scripture. Continue reading “The Insulted”

The Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:10

As we have seen before with this first section of the Sermon on the Mount, these verses each present a ‘balance’ or a kind of ‘trade’. The first half of each verse represents a quality that can be expected to be found and growing in any person who belongs to Jesus and who wishes to draw close to Him. The second half shows the consequence of developing those qualities. In one sense these verses can also be considered to be promises. Continue reading “The Persecuted”

The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

As I said in previous studies in this series on the Sermon on the Mount, there is a kind of balance or ‘trade’ in these verses . In the first halves are qualities of character. I would say that each of these qualities are such that you would expect to see and to grow in all those who belong to Jesus and who truly love our Lord, wanting to grow closer to Him. And the second half of each verse shows the ‘reward’ for the development of each characteristic. Continue reading “The Peacemakers”

The Pure In Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:8

As with all the verses of the Beatitudes, there is a kind of balance, or exchange, within this verse. The first part of each of the beatitudes is about a quality of character – and I believe these qualities are to be expected and to be growing in all those who truly love our Lord Jesus and wish to walk more closely with Him. And as you develop each of these characteristics, the Lord brings you the ‘reward’ appropriate for it. But what a tremendous and challenging quality is spoken of in today’s verse! And what a reward! Continue reading “The Pure In Heart”

The Merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 5:7

Each of the verses of the Beatitudes show a balance, a kind of one-for-one trade. On the one side there is a personal quality, of a kind that should be developing in your life if you belong to Jesus and desire to walk a life pleasing to God. On the other side is what we receive from God as a result – a promise. Continue reading “The Merciful”

Hungry and Thirsty

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

In this study we continue to look at the first part of Jesus’ famous sermon, the part which is known as ‘The Beatitudes.’

This verse of scripture is much easier to understand than the previous ones, but what it asks from us is genuinely a very big challenge! Continue reading “Hungry and Thirsty”

The Poor In Spirit

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

Matthew 5:1-3

This is the first in a series of studies based on the Sermon on the Mount. This passage of scripture can be found in the gospel according to Matthew chapters 5 to 7. The studies on this site are based on daily devotions first published by the author on Facebook. Continue reading “The Poor In Spirit”

Inherit The Earth

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

You may remember that there is a degree of overlap between ‘meek’ and ‘poor in spirit.’

Here’s something to help clarify the difference: ‘poor in spirit’ is about recognising what you lack, and so what you need from the Lord, whereas ‘meekness’ is a specific quality of character that should be growing in your life as a Christian. Continue reading “Inherit The Earth”