Wednesday, May 7, 2008

(be)attitude

In Matthew 5:3-12; Jesus does what is called the Sermon on the mound, aka the beatitudes.

the basics are something that we must remember in order to be at peace in Christ and with ourselves. Synopsis…If you want something give it away, this is how we gain the stuff that is most important. Money can't buy happiness, Generosity to others, kindness to those who may not deserve kindness, Love to those who may not be loveable, these things we give away and receive back from God in abundance. You want to be happy, make others Happy and God will make your heart glad. Need encouragement?, give encouragement to others and be more encouraged yourself, need money? be generous and let God supply your needs (ouch that’s a hard one ain't it). In the same measure that we give that is how we receive from God. If we are stingy, He will be stingy with us, but if we are generous, he also will be generous with us, and even more so.

3"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

 4"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

 5"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

 6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

 7"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.

 8"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

 9"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

 10"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

 11-12"Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

 

 

 

 

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